03/07/2016 – In the second set the 5th seed Hungarian-Kazakh duo came back and triumphed from 1:4 against Keys and Stephens.
|WIMBLEDON (GRAND SLAM EVENT, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Yaroslava Shvedova (Hungarian, Kazakh, 5)-Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens (USA) 6:2, 6:4|
The match lasted 67 minutes.
“I think it was a pretty difficult first round. Obviously, the opponent was not seeded, because We are high enough ranked. But both are very good singles players. It proved, they played very well from the base line, hitting the ball nicely. However, their net play was weaker, than Ours. After all, this is a relatively smooth victory. What’s good: We played very well together! I will continue to play on the forehand side, Slava plays on the backhand side. I think it works better for Us. I’m happy with this victory! It did good to my soul” – said Timi.
Because of the bad weather, of the constant rain Timi waited for days to began the doubles tournament with Yaroslava Shvedova at Wimbledon. Finally, at the last day for the opening week the Hungarian-Kazakh pair debut, after the organizers decided to play on mid Sunday. It was the fourt time, that they must accept that version of the schedule of the grass court Grand Slam competition.
The Hungarian-Kazakh duo was seeded 5th, but they got a dangerous opponent for the first round. Keys and Stephens are excellent singles players, and despite they play few matches in doubles, their knowledge is outstanding. Timi knows a lot about Stephens, because they won three Grand Slam events in 2010 as juniors.
In the 31-minute first set Timi and Shvedove broke the opponent twice, at 1:1 and at 4:2. In the second and sixth game they saved a break point, so the public seen a close match.
The second game is divided into two completely opposite parts. In the first period, the Americans played better. In the opening game they hold tehir serve from 15-40, then at 2:1 they broke the 5th seeds to 15. They, Keys and Stephens hold their service game to 15.
However, after 4:1 came a complete turn-around. At 4:2 Timi and Slava won the opponent’s service game to 30, then after 4:4 to 15. In the last game they lost only two rally, so they advanced to the second round.
In the next round Timi and Shvedova will meet Shuko Aoyama and Makoto Ninomiya.
Aoyama is ranked 74th in doubles, her career best position was 31 (25 November 2013). So far she has won 5 WTA and 27 ITF tournament. This year she was a finalist in Nuremberg (Germany, 250 000 USD, clay, Co: Renata Voracova). Three years ago, she was a semifinalist at Wimbledon with South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers.
Ninomiya is ranked 102nd in doubles, her career best position was 96 (April 18 2016). So far, she has won 18 ITF tournaments in this genre. This year she triumphed at two 50 000 USD and one 25 000 USD event.