11/09/2017 – The Hungarian player was twice in a break down in the opening act.
|COUPE BANQUE NATIONALE (250 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), SINGLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 3)-Jamie Loeb (USA) 7:6 (7-4), 5:7, 6:2|
The match lasted 2 hours 14 minutes in Quebec City.
“It was a very difficult match. I’m honestly admit, I did not expect Jamie Loeb to play so well. It’s amazing tennis! And I’m not saying that I’m looking for an excuse. It was a high standard match against a difficult opponent. I am glad to be successful! I’m also glad that the first round was so difficult and I had to be ready. It was not easy, I was disadvantaged many times. In the first act, My opponent served for the set, then I was a break down in the tie-break. It’s great that I came back. Then I had to win the second set, but after 2:0, I played less aggressive…But I’m very happy to finish the third game so hard and aggressively! I like the tournament, a nice city, the event had a great gym. I feel the audience liked Me, too. It’s a great pleasure to be here again” – said Timi.
The match was very tight, with Timi hit 10, while Loeb had 13 aces on the fast court in Quebec City.
The American player began with a break the 59-minute opening act, though Timi had two chances to finish the game. Then, after 1:2 the 3rd seed won the opponent’s serve to 15, so she equalized. Both players played well, and after 5: 4 Timi got a great chance to win the first set. She led 40-15 as a receiver, but she could not lived with three sets points…Unfortunately, Loeb finally rescued her service game, then broke the opponent to 15…
Timi responded with a great tennis, she had three break points at 0-40. And finally, she broke Loeb to 30. The American player began well the tie-break, but she lost her 2-0 lead. Timi turned to 3-2, then broke her rival again. After 4-3, the Hungarian player won her two serves, and finished the set after 6-4, with another receiver’s point.
At the beginning of the second 47- minute set, Timi could have decided the fate of the match. She immediately won her opponent’s serve, and after 2:0 had another break point. Loeb, however, defended her serve, then broke in the sixth game to 15. The American player was then well-organized and did not give a chance to her opponent. Timi kept the pace up to 6:5, then she could only saved one set point after 15-40 …
The decisive act can only seem simple based on the result. Timi started well again, and this time she could broke her opponent for the second time after 2:0. Then she jumped to a 4:0 lead, when Loeb began her last comeback. At 4:1, the Hungarian player had difficult moments, but she hold her service game from 0-40. It was very important, the result was 5:1 instead of 4:2.
Loeb won her next service game, but after 5:2 she had no chance. The Hungarian player won her serve to 15, so she finished the match.
Timi’s next opponent will be Naomi Broady in Quebec City.
The British player (born: 28 February, 1990) is 135th in the world ranking, with a career best position of 76th (7 March, 2016). So far she has won 9 ITFs in singles. This year her best result was the final in Midland (United States, 100 000 USD, indoor carpet).
Timi has met Broady four times so far: she won in Edinburgh in 2009 (clay) in the final 6:4, 6:7, 7:6, then in 2011 in Bratislava (clay) 5:7, 7:6, 7:6. Three years ago in Wimbledon (grass) the British player triumphed 2:6, 7:6, 6:0. This year at the second round in Monterrey Timi defeated Broady 6:3, 6:2.