09/07/2018 – (Photo: PÉTER ZÁDOR) The first-seeded Hungarian-French pair broke the opponent once in both sets.
|WIMBLEDON (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 34 000 000 GBP, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES, ROUND 3|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Kirsten Flipkens, Monica Niculescu (Belgian, Romanian, 13) 6:3, 6:4|
The match lasted for 1 hour and 3 minutes.
“First about the match: I’m really happy with today’s win! Maybe We did not play our best tennis, but what’s important, We helped each other all the time. I’m happy to be a quarter-finalist in Wimbledon again! I’m really happy. It’s interesting to know that before We went out on the court, it turned out, next Monday I will be officially World No1! So I can really enjoy it. It’s hard to believe … This year We set this goal in doubles with My coach and We reached it! It’s incredibly big success! Huge thanks to Thomas Drouet and My family and Everyone who helped Me reach this point” – said Timi.
Timi first entered the court as a future World No1, and she celebrated a beautiful victory at Wimbledon with Kristina Mladenovic!
In the 30-minute opening act, the first-seeded Hungarian-French team broke the opponent after 2:1, to 15, then brought their own game to 40. The extremely routine Flipkens and Niculescu have retained their next two games, but they did not even have the chance to compile.
After 5:3, the first seeds led 40-0 and hold their service game to 30. This also ended the opening act.
The second set was more tightly formed. Till 3:3, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic played well only behind their serves, when came a superb receiver’s game. The Hungarian-French pair broke to 0, then kept their own game in a huge battle. Mladenovic hold her serve after three break points, which made it virtually a point for the match.
Flipkens and Niculescu won the last own serve to 0, and after that, Timi brought her own serve from 0-30.
The Hungarian-French pair was finalist in 2014, and in 2015 they reached the semifinal in Wimbledon.
In the QF Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will meet Alicja Rosolska and Abigail Spears.
The American player (born: 12 July, 1981) is 40th in the World Rankings, her career best position was 10th (2 March, 2015). Spears has won 21-21 WTA Tour and ITF tournaments in doubles. In the 2015 and 2016 season she was semifinalist in Wimbledon, both with Raquel Atawo (Kops-Jones).
The Polish player (born: 1 December, 1985) is 42nd in the World Rankings, her career best position was 31st (17 July, 2017). So far Rosolska has won 8 WTA and 14 ITF events in this genre.
Recently the Spears-Rosolska pair wins the 250 000 USD grass court tournament at Nottingham.