The Hungarian tennis star Tímea Babos competed alongside the French Kristina Mladenovic against the Czech Barbora Krejcíková and Katerina Siniaková at the WTA Finals. Nemzeti sport writes that the Hungarian-French duo beat the Czech duo for 6:4, 7:5 at an 86 minutes long match.
WTA World Championship, Singapore – Duo, Final
Krejcíková, Siniaková (Czech, 1.) vs Babos, Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2.) – 4:6, 5:7
Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic competed against the world champion Czech duo, Barbora Krejcíková and Katerina Siniaková at the duos’ final round at the WTA. For the Hungarian tennis player, this was the second world championship she competed in, while for the French Mladenovic it was the first.
Their biggest moment as a duo in this year was a win at the Australian Open, but they made it to the US Open finals too.
At the final match the world’s best duos were competing with one another: the two Czech players are at a tie on the top of the duo world raking list (they have won this year both the Roland Garros and the Wimbledon tournaments), while Babos and Mladenovic are the second bests, at a tie with each other.
Both duos started off the first round extremely focused, scoring 3:3, but after only 24 minutes, Babos managed to take over the Czech serve, thus the Hungarian-French duo had the upper hand with 4:3, eventually ending the first set with 6:4 after 36 minutes.
In the second set it was Babos again who broke the 2:2 serving score, despite the fact that she made a grave mistake as well during this round. The Czech duo grabbed the opportunity, and almost immediately took back the lead from the Hungarians, by reducing Babos’ serves to zero. Nemzeti Sport writes that the Czechs focused their attention on breaking Babos, though her partner never failed to support her.
Babos almost hit the tennis legend, Billie Jean King, once, who was sitting in the front row.
While Mladenovic was serving, Babos had time to get her game back on, and at 5:5 she almost singlehandedly took Siniakovás serving. Thanks to this, the French tennis star was now competing for a world champion title.
With the third match-point (5:7), Babos defended her title, earning her second world champion title in women’s duo.
The winners’ awards are 250 thousand US Dollars and 750 points on the world ranking list each, while the losers earn 130 thousand US Dollars and 540 points.
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