04/05/2017 – Timi and her Czech partner saved four set points in the opening set.
|GP DE SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM (250 000 USD, CLAY), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 1)-Daria Gavrilova, Aleksandra Krunic (Australian, Serbian) 7:6 (8-6), 6:3|
The match lasted 1 hour and 31 minutes in Rabat.
At the beginning of the 57-minute opening set, the Hungarian-Czech double had twice won their service game (after a break point), and after 2:2 they broke the opponent to 30. But Gavrilova and Krunic equalized immediately with a love game.
Timi and her Czech partner won the serve at 4:5 after 15-40, saving three set point. In the next game the Australian-Serbian pair done the same, and soon came the tie-break.
At the beginning, both pair won a receiver’s point, then after 5-5 Gavrilova and Krunic broke the opponent again. Timi and Hlaváčková equalized and then won the next two rally.
The second act “just” brought one break, but the great fight did not “go away” either. Timi and Hlaváčková saved the serve at 1: 1 from 15 to 40, then broke the opponent to 30. They kept that advantage till the end. In the last game they hold their serve from 0-30 to 30.
The Hungarian-Czech double pair’s opponent in the Friday final will be Nina Stojanovic and Maryna Zanevska.
The Serbian player (born: 30 July, 1996) is ranked 87th, this is her career best position. So far, Stojanovic has won 16 ITF competitions in doubles.
Zanevska (born August 24, 1993), who has been a Ukrainian player till last October, has ranked 186th. Her career best position was 86th (16 June, 2014). Up to now, she has won 11 WTA competitions in this genre.