28/10/2015 – Timi and Kristina Mladenovic celebrated the first triumph against Kops-Jones and Spears.
|WTA FINALS 2015 (7 000 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, RED GROUP, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 4) – Raquel Kops-Jones, Abigail Spears (USA, 6) 7:6 (7-5), 6:2|
“I’m glad, that We’ve got the first victory on the WTA Finals! It was not easy the play a match after the first round…But, now I played very well and it “pull up” Kiki” – said Timi.
The pairs met twice already, both times the Americans celebrated the victory. Last year in the final at Cincinnati, Mladenovic retired at the beginning of the second set. This January at the semifinal in Sydney Kops-Jones and Spears won in three sets.
But in Singapore teh situation has changed! After the unsuccessful debut Timi and Mladenovic played very well, although Mladenovic has a thigh injury.
Timi and her partner fought hard and bravely, and it brought a good result.
At the beginning of the 52-minute first set the American pair had a quick break, but the opponent equalized immediately. And then, both double hold their service game, so came the tie-break.
In the tie-break the 4th seed Hungarian-French pair had twice a break advantage, but Kops-Jones and Spears immeditely came back. But, not for the third time. At 6-5, the Americand hit a double-fault, so it finished the set.
The second set was much smoother. Fortunately! Timi and Kiki served very well, and the received also very well. They broke the opponent at 2:1, and after that they easily hold the lead. They won many points at the net, so they deserved the lead.
At 5:2 Timi and Mladenovic played an excellent receiver’s game, and the French youngster closed the match with a backhand winner.
Timi and Kristina Mladenovic in the third round will meet Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, the World No1 pair.