17/08/2016 – The 23-year old Hungarian player reached the third round in singles for the first time in Cincinnati.
|WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN (2 804 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Tímea Babos-Belinda Bencic (Swiss, 13) 7:5, 6:2|
“Today, after the rain the sun finally came out, especially on the Court6. Today I finally played better! I am glad that I won, because We know that Bencic’s style does not lie to Me. I lost to her at the Australian Open in January, so I’m very glad that now I won”– said Timi.
The match lasted 1 hour 31 minutes.
At the end of February the 19-year old Swiss player was ranked 7th, but after that she rarely competed because of injuries. But even so, now she is ranked 27th, so Timi faced a difficult opponent.
The match started almost two hours late, of course because of rain…
Bencic began the 52-minute first set with a break, but she immediately lost that lead. Then Timi has been very strong and successful behind the serves, gave no chance to his opponent. She was also dangerous as a receiver, but she couldn’t lived with three break points at 3:3.
But after 6:5, Timi led 40-0 as a receiver, and she took advantage of the second set ball.
At the beginning of the second act, the Hungarian player broke twice, while Bencic once (3:1). Then Timi hold her service game to 15, then to 0, led 5:2. Then she received very well, although Bencic equalized from 0-30. But the Hungarian player won the next two rally, she advanced to the third round. This is her best result in singles in Cincinnati, she was in the second round in 2012 and 2015.
The Hungarian player’s next opponent will be the 8th seed Dominika Cibulkova. The Slovakian player is ranked 11th, her career best position was 10 (31 March 2014). So far, she has won 6 WTA and 2 ITF tournament in singles, in 2014 she was finalist at the Australian Open. This year she was a tournament winner in Katowice (Poland, 250 000 USD, indoor) and Eastbourne (England, 753 000 USD, grass), and also was a finalist in Acapulco (Mexico, 250 000 USD, hard court) and Madrid (Spain 4 942 770 USD, clay).