05/07/2018 – (Photo: PÉTER ZÁDOR) The Hungarian-French pair broke the opponent once in both sets.
|WIMBLEDON (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 34 000 000 GBP, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Eri Hozumi,Miyu Kato (Japanese) 6:4, 6:3|
The match lasted 57 minutes.
“Obviously I’m happy for today’s win because We met a pretty good pair in the first round. I’m happy We won in two sets! At the beginning, We had difficulties with receiving their serves, but We were still doing very well in own games. That’s what is important. When We had to, We broke them. I was pleased with the success, it was an important victory. I look forward to the next round” – Timi.
In the majority of the meeting, both doubles were stable and confident behind the serves. Luckily, the Australian Open Champs in both sets once broke the Japanese opponent, it was enough to win the opening match.
In the 30-minute first set, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic lost a total of four rallies behind their own serves, leading 5:4. At that time Hozumi and Kato pulled to 40-15, but then the turn came. The Hungarian-French pair had first equaled to 40, then came to a set and break point. And they immediately lived with that chance.
The second set soon slid down! Timi and her French partner were well-organized, then they got two break points after 3:2. The first seeded team lived with the second chance, then hold their own game from 15-30.
Hozumi and Kato came up smoothly to 5:3, after which Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won their serve to 0, reaching the second round.
The next opponent will be Nadiiya Kichenok and Anastasia Rodionova.
The Ukrainian player (born: 20 July, 1992) is 38th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 36th (29 January, 2018). So far Kichenok have won 3 WTA Tour and 27 ITF events in doubles.
Rodionova (born: 12 May, 1982), has been a Russian till 2009 and has since become an Australian player. At the moment she is 43rd in the world rankings, her career best position was 15th (8 September, 2014). Up to now, she has won 11 WTA Tour and 13 ITF tournaments in doubles.
This year, at the opening round at Indian Wells, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic won 7:6 (0), 6:0 against Kichenok and Rodionova.