25/09/2018 – Timi and Kiki Maldenovic lost a total of four games in the two sets.
|WUHAN OPEN (2 746 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 1)-Kaithlyn Christian, Sabrina Santamaria (USA) 6:2, 6:2|
The match lasted 52 minutes in Wuhan.
“I feel better, so I’m glad. Obviously, air pollution does not really do good. But the point is, We have a very good relationships with Kiki, it helps Me so much that I’m here alone in Wuhan. We can also cooperate a lot in the Doubles, as We have always been able to communicate well. Our first opponent could have been more difficult and tricky, but their style suit Us well. We played well and wise, and I’m glad” – said Timi.
In the 23-minute opening act, Timi and Kiki Mladenovic won their opponents serve to 30 after 1:0, and in the fourth game they had another two break points. Christian and Santamaria saved both, then also hold their serve after 4:1.
The 1st seeded pair finished the set confidently, after 4: 2. Timi and Kristina Mladenovic brought their own game to 0, then lost only a single rally in the next game.
The second set was also smooth! Though Timi and her partner lost the break advantage after 3:1, they immediately replied. The Hungarian-French duo won their opponent’s serve to 30, then after 5:2, they also lost only two rallies.
Timi and Kiki Mladenovic meet in the QF with Shuko Aoyama and Lidziya Marozava. Recently in Cincinnati, in the second round, the Hungarian-French double won 7:5, 7:6 (7-2) against the Japanese-Belarusian pair.
Aoyama (born: 19 December, 1987) is 35th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 31st (25 November, 2013). The Japanese player has won 8 WTA Tour and 24 ITF tournaments in this genre.
Marozava (born: 25 October, 1992) is 48th in the World Rankings, which is her best position so far. The Belarusian player has won 1 WTA Tour and 19 ITF tournaments in this genre.