Wimbledon 2019: winning start in Ladies’ Doubles

Wimbledon 2019: winning start in Ladies’ Doubles

03/07/2019 – The 1st seeds broke the opponent twice in the decisive set.

WIMBLEDON (38 000 000 GBP, GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, GRASS), LADIES’ DOUBLES, ROUND 1
Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Jessica Pegula, Maria Sanchez (USA) 6:4, 3:6, 6:2

 

The match lasted 1 hour and 47 minutes.

 

In the 39-minute first set, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic won their opponent’s serve to 30 after 1:1, then hold their own from two break points. Then the American double turned back from 30-40. In the sequel, both pairs were effectively behind the serves. Int he last game of the opening act, Timi and her partner lost no rally.

 

The beginning of the 34 minute second set brought a big turn. Pegula and Sanchez broke Mladenovic in the second game for 30, then retained their advantage after 2:0. The Hungarian-French double in the ninth game reached the break point, but the opponent finally closed the set.

 

At the beginning of the decisive set, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic hold the serve after 1:1 from a break point, which was a very important step. After 3:2, the Hungarian-French couple broke to 4   , then saved their own game from 30-40.

 

In the eighth game, Timi and Kiki lost only one rally as a receiver, so they got to the second round.

 

The first seeds next opponent will be Jennifer Brady and Alison Riske.

 

Brady (born: 12 April, 1995) is 53rd in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 48th. The American player has won 4 ITFs in this genre so far. This year she was semifinalist at the Australian Open.

 

Riske (born: 3 July, 1990) is 71st in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 60th. So far she has won 1 ITF tournament in doubles.

 

Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won 6:4, 6:  against Brady and Riske this year in the semifinal of the Australian Open.