28/10/2018 – The Hungarian player triumphed for the second while, while her French partner won the title for the first time.
|WTA FINALS 2018 (7 000 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), DOUBLES, FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Barbora Krejčiková, Kateřina Siniaková (Czech, 1) 6:4, 7:5|
The final lasted 1 hour and 26 minutes in Singapore.
“I’m indescribably happy to have closed the year with such success and the special happiness that I can share it with my best friend at the WTA Tour! The pair of Barbora Krejčiková and Kateřina Siniaková are not only World No1s, but they are fantastic players, and I’m sure, in the future we will fight against each other for serious titles. I think we played very well today, during the tournament we managed to play the best, good tactics, disciplined and concentrated. We left our hearts, souls on the court, played for each other, we wanted this success to each other. I do not deny that, in the end, after losing the first match point, I remembered the fallen US Open final. This season I had good and bad moments, got cold and warm, but we started the year with victory and ended with a triumph. I never wish for a worse season. I would like to thank the support of my family, coach, and sponsors. Of course, I can not forget the fans, I have always smile on my face, because I got so much love from them! On Monday, we have to take part in the winner’s photo shoot with Kiki, then I’m flying out of Singapore that afternoon. I’m a little sorry about the expiration of Singapore’s mandate, but of course our goal with Kiki is to defend our title and celebrate more great successes in 2019. “ – said Timi.
Last season, the Hungarian player felt the taste of the ultimate success at the WTA season-ending tournament, and this time she defended her title with Kristina Mladenovic.
In the 37-minute first set, till 3:3 the Hungarian-French pair kept the pace with the opponents, with the season-ending No1s. And then the breakthrough came. Timi and Kiki Mladenovic had two break points at 15-40, and they used the second chance. The set continued to be balanced up to 5:4.
At this time, the Czechs won the first two rallies as a receiver’s, but shortly thereafter the second seeds had a set point. Krejčiková and Siniaková saved it, but Timi and Kiki won the second set point.
At the beginning of the second set, the Hungarian-French pair saved their game from 15-40, then broke the Czechs to 15, after 2:2. Unfortunately, the next serve was won by the opponent, and the teams went along till 5:5.
Then they managed the break the World No1s to 0, and Kiki Mladenovic served for the trophy. After 40-15, the Frenchwoman made a double fault and then made a mistake. Fortunately, the Hungarian-French pair won the next two point. So Timi and Kiki ended the season with the WTA Finals triumphed, that year, when they start with trophy of the Australian Open.