WTA Finals 2018: a convincing start in Singapore

WTA Finals 2018: a convincing start in Singapore

26/10/2018 – (Photo: WTA/TWITTER) The Hungarian-French double lost a total of two games.

WTA FINALS 2018 (7 000 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL
Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2) – Gabriela Dabrowski, Yifan Xu (Canadian, Chinese, 7) 6:0, 6:2

 

The match lasted 54 minutes in Singapore.

 

“Of course I’m very happy about today’s match! Because in Singapore, the best of the best players are on the court, this pair has made some great successes this year, playing well in many big tournaments. We knew it would be difficult. We were ready, We used good tactics, We played tennis very carefully, focused and disciplined. Despite the result, We had difficult moments, especially at the beginning of the first and second set. The point is: We have communicated well and successfully resolved these situations. It’s amazing that We can play in the last tournament of the year, even more I’m the title holder! We have great goals with this event: We are very well prepared, We had a lot of training. Now We are happy to win, and then We can continue on Saturday” – said Timi.

 

Last year’s World Champion Hungarian player and her this year’s partner was extremely confident and with good performance reached the last four. Timi and Kristina Mladenovic could have won in the group stage in 2015 but failed to advance to the semifinal, due to the two defeats. Now, however, they managed to achieve this result.

 

In the 24-minute opening act, the 2nd seeded Hungarian-French pair won the first game to 40, then broke the opponent to 15. After that, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic brought their next game from a break point, then won their opponent’s to 40.

 

In the fifth game, the Hungarian-French pair did not lose a rally, and only lost two point as a receiver, so the opening act ended.

At the beginning of the second set, both doubles lost their serve, but after 2:2 only Timi and Kristina Mladenovic were delighted. The Hungarian-French pair broke their opponent’s to 30 and 15, and hold their own games to 15 and 30.

 

In the semifinal on Saturday, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will meet the US Open Champs, Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe.

 

Barty (born: 24 April, 1996), is 8th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 5th (21 May, 2018). The Australian player has won 9 WTA Tour and 9 ITF tournaments in this genre. She was finalist with Casey Dellacqua in the 2013 season at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and in 2017 at the Roland Garros. This year she remained unbeaten at the Miami Open with Vandeweghe, while in Rome and Montreal on the side of Demi Schuurs.

 

Vandeweghe (born: 6 December, 1991) is 19th in the World Rankings, and her career best position was 18th (26 October, 2016). The American player has won 4 WTA Tour and 6 ITF events in this genre.

 

This year, in the first round of the Miami Open, the Australian-American double won 3:6, 6:2, 10-4 against the Hungarian-French pair. In the QF in Madrid, Timi and Mladenovic won 7:5, 3:6, 11-9, and in Birmingham’s first round they defeated Barty and Vandeweghe, 7:6, 6:3. In the final of the US Open, Barty and Vandeweghe triumphed 3:6, 7:6 (2), 7:6 (6).