02/09/2018 – (Photo: PÉTER ZÁDOR) Timi is quarter-finalIst in New York, again.
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 50 560 840 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 3|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Raquel Atawo, Anna-Lena Groenefeld (USA, German, 14) 6:3, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 14 minutes in New York.
“I’m so glad how this game was created! Obviously, We encountered a difficult opponent, We knew that this third round meeting would not be easy. But in the most important moments We made good choices and played well. We’ve worked hard a lot and We talked a lot about how to be even better. Perhaps We’ve been blessed to be successful at the US Open and in later tournaments. I’m happy because our team are still working well, and it gaves good results. From the perspective of My own game, I’m also very happy, I played well at the net and making good decisions in important situations. I do not know When we’re going to continue, sure it’s not on Monday. So a hard work-out is waiting for Me, with a longer tennis and a longer fitness. Of course, there is still plenty to do at this US Open, I will do everything, We will do everything We can to get there as long as possible. I am delighted that this is our fourth quarter-final at a Grand Slam event this season” – said Timi.
It was an important match for the Australian Open-winning Hungarian-French pair, fighting for the QF. Atawo is now “only” 36th, while Groenefeld is “only” 30th at the WTA Rankings, but the 35-year-old American and the 33-year-old German player were also at the top 10.
In the first half of the 34-minute opening set, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic played not that good, and after 2:2, they could not hold their own game. Fortunately, the answer was quick. The second seeds won the sixth game to 15, and after 4:3, they won the opponent’s serve to 30.
In the last game of the opening act, Timi and her partner lost only a single rally.
The second set was also interesting, this time one break decided.
The Hungarian-French pair led 40-0 as a receiver after 2:1, and they managed to lived with the third chance. After that, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic won two own games easily, but in the eight game, they were in trouble. Atawo and Groenefeled tried to capture one of the last chances. Luckily, the American-German duo had only a break point, but could not win the opponent’s serve.
In the end, Timi and her French partner led 40-0, and they finished the match with the fourth chance, after 40-40. This is the fourth QF for them in 2018 at a Grand Slam tournament.
The opponent of the Hungarian-French pair’s will be Lucie Hradecká and Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter-final.
The Czech player (born: 21 May, 1985) is 28th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 4th (22 October, 2012). During her career she won 22 WTA and 34 ITF tournaments. Hradecká has been finalists in 6 Grand Slam events: won 2 times (2011: Roland Garros, Co: Andrea Hlaváčková, 2013: US Open, Co: Andrea Hlaváčková).
The Russian player (born: 7 June, 1988) is 4th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 1st (11 June, 2018). So far she has won 14 WTA and 9 ITF competitions. Makarova has been played in 7 finals at Grand Slams, winning 3 times (2013: Roland Garros, Co: Elena Vesnina, 2014: US Open, Co: Elena Vesnina, 2017: Wimbledon, Co: Elena Vesnina).
This year in Cincinnati, Hradecká and Makarova won 4:6, 7:5, 10-6 against Timi and Kiki Mladenovic in the QF, and then became tournament winners.