10/06/2017 – The Hungarian-Czech led with a break at the beginning of the third set.
|WIMBLEDON 2017 (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 31 600 000 GBP, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES, 3RD ROUND|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova, Kristina Mladenovic (Russian, French)-Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 4) 6:3, 6:7 (3-7), 6:3|
The match lasted 2 hours and 4 minutes in Wimbledon.
For the most part of the 33-minute first set, the Russian-French double was the better. Kuznetsova and Mladenovic broke in the fourth game to 15, then to 40 at 4:1. However, in the fifth game the Hungarian-Czech pair also led to 40-15. Timi and her partner came back to 5:3 after 5:1, but could not get closer to the opponent. The Russian-French won the ninth game to 30, so they finished the opening act.
The 57-second second set brought a great fight. Timi and Hlaváčková were excellent behind the serves, and the opponent did not get to the break ball. After 5:4 the Hungarian-Czech pair had two break chances and after 6:5, another one. Unfortunately, they could not lived with these chances, so came the tie-break.
In the decisive part of the second set, the 4th seed pair served without mistakes, and they broke the opponent twice. They closed the act as a receiver.
At the beginning of the third, deciding set the Hungarian-Czech double had a great chance. Timi and Hlaváčková broke the opponent to 0, after 1:1. Then they led 40-15, but Kuznetsova and Mladenovic broke back…
Few minutes later, the Russian-French pair broke the rivals again, but the opponent came back immediately. After 4:3, Kuznetsova and Mladenovic played better. They broke the opponent again and finished the match after 5:3, to 30.