09/07/2019 – (Photo: PÉTER ZÁDOR) The Hungarian-French pair led 4:2 in the third set, then decided after 7:7.
|WIMBLEDON (38 000 000 GBP, GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)- Nicole Melichar, Květa Peschke (USA, Czech Republic, 7) 2:6, 6:2, 9:7|
The match lasted 2 hour and 8 minutes.
“Obviously I am very happy about today’s match, it was a huge fight! It wasn’t an easy quarter-final, We were in a little trouble. At the end of the day the most important thing is to win. I’m glad We got into the semifinal! It was also a real teamwork, because sometimes Kiki plays better, and sometimes I do. Of course I look forward to the next round! Our program was interesting to miss our quarter-final. It was a bit missing, but it is no longer a problem. It is a special joy how I treated today my game!” – Timi said.
The Hungarian-French got to the quarter-final without a match after the injury of Petra Martić. On Tuesday Timi and Kiki Mladenovic played for the fourth semifinal in row at a Grand Slam event. The first seeds finally celebrated, after they had to fight enormously.
The 29-minute first game was one-sided… Melichar and Peschke saved two break points in the opening game, then won the French player’s serve twice. First to 15, the to 40 in the eight game.
Fortunately, the 29-minute second set also brought the hoped-for turn. At that time, Timi and Kiki had already been extremely determined and efficient behind the serves, and they had also been thoroughly upgraded as a host.
The Hungarian-French double broke to 30 after 1:1, and then lost only one ball in the fifth game. There was no chance for the opponents after 4:1. Timi and her companion finally finished the set to 30 in the eighth game.
The decisive act brought the twists and turns. In the opening game, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic got a total of five break balls, and finally the last one was exploited. The advantage was up to 4:3, when the Hungarian-French double came from 0-40, but Melichar and Peschke finally won the Kiki’s game.
The American-Czech pair led 5:4, 6:5 and 7:6, so they received three times for the semi-final. Timi and Kiki equalized each time, then broke to 30 after 7:7! In the next game the result was 40-0, then 40-30, the third match ball finally decided on the winner!
In the semifinal Timi és Kristina Mladenovic will meet the 3rd seeded Su-Wei Hsieh and Barbora Strýcová.
The Taiwanese player (born: 4 January, 1986) is 16th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 1st (12 May, 2014). So far, she has won 23 WTA Tour, 1 WTA125s and 23 ITF tournaments in this genre. Hsieh remained unbeaten with Shuai Peng (China) in 2013 in Wimbledon and at the WTA Finals, then in 2014 at the Roland Garros.
The Czech player (born: 28 March, 1986) is 3rd in the World Rankings, the best in her career. So far, Strýcová has won 25 WTA Tour and 10 ITF competitions in this genre and has been a semi-finals in all Grand Slam tournaments.
This year the Taiwanese-Czech double remained undefeated in Dubai, Madrid and Birmingham.