31/07/2018 – (Photo: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images North America) Timi turned back the first set from 1:3, then won smoothly the second act.
|MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC (799 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 8)-Kristina Mladenovic (French) 6:4, 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour and 23 minutes.
“Obviously it was very difficult to play against Kiki: We are good friends and doubles partners, of course We know each other’s game well. I’m glad, how I played, I came back from a break down, I was mentally strong in this game. I’m very happy about this! Despite the great warmth, despite the difficult conditions I moved pretty well, I was physically fit. I’m glad, how I started after a short summer break. I am looking forward to the next match, which will be on Thursday” – said Timi.
A tough match was waiting for the Hungarian player in San Jose, her doubles partner stood on the other side of the net. The meeting did not start well for Timi: in the third boom of the 48 minute opening act, Mladenovic won her opponent’s serve to 30, and saved her own game from a break point.
Timi saved a break point at 1:3, and soon came a big turn. In the eight game, the 25-year old Hungarian player won her opponent’s serve to 30, then led 5:4. Int he tenth game, Timi had two set points as a receiver, and she made the second chance, so the opening act ended.
The second set was much simpler. Timi was excellent, Mladenovic won only five rallies in four receiver’s game. After 2:1, the Hungarian player broke to 15, then after 5:2, she won her opponent’s serve to 30. So she reach the last 16.
Timi’s next opponent will be Maria Sakkari.
The Greek player (born: 25 July, 1995) is 49th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 33rd (11 June, 2018). Sakkari has so far won 7 ITFs in singles. She reached the third round at all Grand Slam tournaments: Australian Open: 2017, Roland Garros: 2018, Wimbledon: 2017, US Open: 2017. She was semifinalist in Istanbul (Turkey, 250 000 USD, clay), which is her best result in the 2018 season.