Tímea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic won the women’s doubles competition at the French Open 2019 tennis championship, after defeating in two sets the two Chinese opponents of Sunday finals, Duan Ying-Ying and Saisai Zheng.
During the first five games, the audience could see a balanced competition with smooth serves by both tennis teams. However, in the sixth game, Babos successfully obtained serve from Duan and scored an advantage of 4:2. Soon, Zheng also lost the rhythm of the game, while the Hungarian-French duo played more and more comfortably, as a result of which they took advantage of the first set ball in the 33rd minute.
Babos and her partner successfully maintained their winning position for 2:0; however, Mladenovic unexpectedly lost her serving. Soon, another break came, and the Hungarian-French duo managed to take the lead by 4:1 thanks to Babos’s fantastic serves. Later on, the Chinese pair came up for 4:2; however, Babos and Mladenovic continued their winning streak and successfully won the competition with 6:2 in the first set, and 6:3 in the second set.
As the Hungarian news portal 24.hu describes, the 26-year-old Tímea Babos realised her 22nd tournament victory in doubles; this is her second Grand Slam triumph, and she was the first Hungarian female player who won two GS title in pros category.
Besides the golden trophy, the Hungarian-French duo was rewarded 580 thousand EUR (186 million HUF).
“Congratulations to the opponents, and thanks to Kiki for her partnership and friendship. Every day we play together seems like playing in the finals” – said Babos, who also expressed her gratitude in Hungarian for the support of her family and fans.
The winning duo will get to the top of the WTA doubles world ranking – Mladenovic will occupy the first place, followed by Babos in second place.