08/07/2017 – The Hungarian-Czech double had a match point in the second set, but they needed the third act for the triumph.
|WIMBLEDON 2017 (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 31 600 000 GBP, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 4)-Lesley Kerkhove. Lidziya Marozava (Dutch, Belarus) 6:2, 5:7, 6:4|
The match lasted 2 hours 8 minutes at Wimbledon.
The 4th seed Hungarian-Czech pair started well in the 36-minute opening act, they broke the opponent to 0. Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková won the rival’s serve to 30 after 2:0, they won theirfirst and second own service games to 40.
After 4:0, Kerkhove and Marozava saved two break points and after 5:1 another one. In the eight game Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková hold their own serve to 15, so they easily finished the opening act.
The 47-minute second set brought a lot of turns. The Hungarian-Czech pair broke the opponent after 2:2, and for a long time it seemd decisive. The fourt seed double led 5:3, then after 5:4 they had a match point. But Timi lost her service game, then the opponent broke again after 6:5. Andrea Hlaváčková could not saved her service game, Kerkhove and Marozava broke her to 30.
At the beginning of the third set, Kerkhove and Marozava won their service game from two break points, then they led 40-30 as a receiver. Fortunately, Timi and her Czech partner saved their serve, then broke the opponent to 30 after 2:2.
In the seventh game, after 4:2 the Hungarian-Czech pair had a total of three break points, but without success. Fortunately, behind the serves Timi and Andrea Hlaváckova did not give a chance to their opponent, they won the eight game to 30, then the last game to 0. So, the fourth seed pair reached the last 16 at Wimbledon.
In the third round Timi and Hlaváčková will meet Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kristina Mladenovic.
The Russian player (born: 27 June, 1985) is placed 91rd in the world rankings, and had a career best position of 3 (7 June 2004). Up to now she has won 16 WTA competitions in this genre. Kuznetsova in 2005 (Co: Alicia Molik) and in 2012 (Co: Vera Zvonareva) remained unbeaten at the women’s doubles at the Australian Open. She played in the final of five more Grand Slam tournaments: at the Australian Open (2004, Co: Elena Lihovtseva), at the Roland Garros (2004, Co: Lihovtseva), at Wimbledon (2005, Co: Amélie Mauresmo), and at the US Open (2003, Co: Martina Navratilova / 2004, Co: Lihovtseva). This year, she was finalist at Indian Wells (7 669 423 USD, United States, hard court, Co: Elena Vesnina).
The French player (born: 14 May, 1993) is ranked 9th, her career best position was 2 (24 October, 2016). So far, Timi’s former doubles partner has won 16 WTA Tour, 1 WTA125s and 7 ITF tournaments in this genre. Mladenovic won last year at Roland Garros with Caroline Garcia and they played in the final of the 2016 US Open. Mladenovic and Timi reached the final at Wimbledon in 2014.