23/10/2018 – Dabrowski is 10th, while Xu is 12th in the World Rankings.
On Tuesday afternoon, the draw was made for the doubles at the WTA Finals: Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will meet , his opponent, Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu in the QF in Singapore.
The title holder Hungarian player (last year she triumphed with Andrea Hlaváčková) and Kristina Mladenovic is third in the World Rankings.
This will be Timi’s fourth appearance at the WTA Finals: in 2015 (Co: Kristina Mladenovic) she ended up with a win and two defeats in the group stage, while in 2016 (Co: Yaroslava Shvedova) she lost in the quarter-final.
Last year Timi and her Czech partner won 6:3, 6:4 against Andreja Klepač and María José Martínez Sánchez (Slovenian, Spain) in the first round. She became the first Hungarian female player who reached the last four at this event. In the SF Timi and Hlaváčková trimphed 6:4, 7:6 over Latisha Chan (Taiwanese) and retiring Martina Hingis (Swiss). In the final, the Hungarian-Czech double won 4:6, 6:4, 10-5 against Dutch Kiki Bertens and Swedish Johanna Larsson. Timi became the first Hungarian women’s world champion!
This year, the Hungarian player will be Kristina Mladenovic, with whom she won the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, and was finalist at the last Grand Slam Event of the season, the US Open.
In the 2018 WTA Finals QF Timi will meet a well-known Canadian player. In 2010 they played in the juniors final at the Australian Open, and eight years later, they faced each other in the final of the Mixed Doubles. Unfortunately Dabrowski was delighted at the end.
The Canadian player (born: 1 April, 1992) is 10th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 7th (19 March 2018). Dabrowski has won eight WTA Tour and 12 ITF events in women’s doubles, and this year she was semifinalist in Wimbledon, this is her best result at a Grand Slam tournament. This year she remained unbeaten In Sydney (Australia, 799 000 USD, hard court) and Eastbourne (England, 852 564 USD, grass) and played in the final in Beijing (China, 8 285 274 USD, hard court), all time with Xu. In February, Dabrowski won the Doha (Qatar, $ 3,173,000 hard court) tournament on the side of Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.
Xu (born: 8 August, 1988) is 12th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 9th (19 March, 2018). The Chinese player has won 8 WTA Tour, 1 WTA125 and 21 ITF tournaments in women’s doubles. She was semifinalist this year in Wimbledon and in 2016, at the Australian Open.