01/11/2019 – The Title Holders came back from a set down against the US Open Champs.
|WTA FINALS 2019 (14 000 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), GROUP RED, ROUND 3|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French)-Elise Mertens, Aryna Sabalenka (Belgian, Belarusian) 4:6, 6:2, 10-5|
The match lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes in Shenzhen.
In the 36-minute first set, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won twice (twice to 40) the serve Mertens, but immediately the French player lost her serve. Sabalenka brought her own games smoothly, and after 5:4, the Belgian-Belarusian pair broke Timi to 30. The opening set is now complete.
The 29-minute second act made a big difference. The Title Holders served extremely efficiently, barely losing a rally. Timi and Kiki also excelled as receivers, as a result of which they broke Sabalenka to 30 in the opening game and, after 4: 2, won Mertens’ serve. In the closing game, the Hungarian-French couple brought their serve to 15.
In the Champions Tie-break Timi and Kiki led twice with a receiving point, but soon the result was 4-4. The sequel was one-sided: the Hungarian-French double jumped to 7-4 and then to 8-5. The match was closed by two successful serving points.
The defending Champions will meet Shuai Zhang and Samantha Stosur in Saturday’s semi-final.
The Chinese player (born: 21 January, 1989) is 13th in the World Rankings and has a career best position of 9th (20 May, 2019). Zhang has won 8 WTA Tour, 1 WTA125 and 8 ITF tournaments so far.
Stosur (born: 30 March, 1984) is 15th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 1st (6 February, 2006). She has won 26 WTA and 11 ITF competitions in women’s doubles so far. She played seven Grand Slam Finals, winning three times: at Wimbledon (2006, Co: Lisa Raymond), at the US Open (2005, Co: Raymond) and at the Australian Open (2019, Co: Zhang).
Tavaly a US Open elődöntőjében Timi és Kristina Mladenovic 6:4, 7:6 (7-4)-ra nyert Csang és Stosur ellen. Idén az Australian Open fináléjában a kínai és az ausztrál játékos nyert 6:3, 6:4-re. Aztán a 2019-es Roland Garros negyeddöntőjében a magyar-francia kettős volt a jobb 3:6, 6:1, 7:6 (3)-ra.
Last year in the US Open semifinal, Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won to 6:4, 7:6 (7-4) against Stosur and Zhang. In this year’s Australian Open final, the Chinese and Australian player triumphed 6:3, 6:4. Then in the 2019 Roland Garros quarter-final, the Hungarian-French pair were better 3:6, 6:1, 7:6 (3).
— WTA (@WTA) November 1, 2019