29/08/2018 – (Photo: PÉTER ZÁDOR) Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won in two sets.
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 50 560 840 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Kirsten Flipkens, Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgian) 6:4, 7:5|
The match lasted 1 hour 31 minutes in New York.
“We played good tennis for a long time. Obviously, it was a bit harder at the beginning and then We had a good performance from the end of the first act to the last part of the second set. Then there was a halt at 5:1, but overall it was a good match. Especially in the light of My hard day. I feel good about playing, but By mood is not that great. But obviously My motivation is right, it is a driving force” – said Timi.
In the majority of the 43-minute opening act, both pairs were well-suited, with no chance to score for a break till 4:3. At this point, Flipkens and Van Uytvanck had four break chances, but could not use either. Then Timi and her partner won the opponent’s serve to 30, and then hold their own game to 15, finishing the first set.
A large part of the second set was dominated by the second seeds, they broke Flipkens and Van Uytvanck to 30, then to 40, and after that they led 5:1. When the unexpected turn came.
The Belgians have won four games in a row, in the seventh game saved two match points. Then, after 5:5, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic broke into 15, then lost only a single rally behind the serves.
The second-seeds will meet in the second round a US-pair of Nicole Gibbs (WTA-doubles: 249th) and Sabrina Santamaria (WTA-doubles: 59th).