07/07/2016 – Timi and Shvedova lost only six game against the World No1 pair of Hingis and Mirza.
|WIMBLEDON (GRAND SLAM EVENT, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES|
|Timea Babos, Yaroslava Shvedova (Hungarian, Kazakh, 5)-Martina Hingis, Sania Mirza (Swiss, Indian, 1) 6:2, 6:4|
“I’m terribly happy with today’s match. The atmosphere was amazing, We played in a sold-out stadium. It was interesting that We played on the Court 1, from 1 H local time against the World No1 pair. I’m happy because We played well. It’s a special pleasure, because yesterday it did not go really well. It is not easy to play against Hingis and Mirza. It’s very, very positive and good thing is that We managed to win in two sets. Now for the third time in a row I’m playing semi-finals at Wimbledon: I hope to surpass last year’s results and the 2014 result, too. But it is still far away, We must go match by match. I would like to thank for the big support, I really, really feels good! We need to go further forward”– said Timi.
The match lasted 68 minutes.
Thursday’s quarter-final was much nicer than expected and formed a great ending! In the second game of the 28-minute first set Timi hold her serve from 15-40, then came a great performance by the 5th seeds.
After 1:1, the Hungarian-Kazakh pair broke Hingis easily, and then hold their service game (3:1). After two dominant game by the server’s, Timi and Slava won again the service of Hingis (5:2. And after that, they lost no rally against the title holders.
The second set was began by Mirza, who led 30-0. But then, the 5th seed pair won four rallies in a row, then they hold their serve (2:1). In the fourth game, Shvedova hold her service after a great battle and several, a toal of three break points.
Then, Timi and her Kazakh partner won the opponent’s service game to 30, they played very well from the baseline and at the net. The Hungarian player hold the next game, so it was 5:1!
But came a little turn-around…The Swiss-Indian pair won three rallies in a row. They easily hold their service games, and broke Shvedova to 15. The used the Hawkeye twice, both times successfully.
At 54:, it was Timi’s service game. And she hit four good first serve, she won all of them. And after that, she celebrated the semifinal with Slava Shvedova.
This is the third semifinal in a row for Timi in Ladies’ Doubles: in 2014 she played in the final with Kristina Mladenovic.
The next opponent for the Hungarian-Kazakh pair will be Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears.
The 33-year old Atawo – formerly Kops-Jones – is ranked 22nd, her career best position was 10 (2 March 2015). So far, she has won 15 WTA and 18 ITF tournament in this genre. Last year she also was also a semifinalist at Wimbledon. This year her best result was the semifinal in Prague (Czech Republic, 500 000 USD, clay, Co: Spears).
The 34-year old Spears is also ranked 22nd, her career best position was 10 (2 March 2015). So far she has won 17 WTA and 21 ITF event in doubles.