29/12/2013 – Timi began with a win the 500 000 USD WTA tournament in Shenzhen: with Petra Martic they won in three sets in the first round of the doubles event and reached the quarter-final.
The second seeds surpassed the Luksika Kumkhum – Qiang Wang duo in 75 minutes. On Tuesday Timi will play her first singles match in China against the Ukrainian Nadiya Kichenok.
|SHENZHEN OPEN 2014 (500 000 USD), HARD COURT, DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Petra Martic (Hungarian, Croatian, 2)-Luksika Kumkhum, Qiang Wang (Thai, Chinese) 2:6, 6:4, 10-6|
Timi and Petra Martic is the second seed pair in Shenzhen, but in the 26-minute first set it yet not felt … Of course it is also true that the Hungarian and Croatian athlete played together for the first time , they needed a little time to settle in the match.
The Thai-Chinese double had a quick double break (4:0 and 5:1), which decided everything. Kumkhum and Qiang qon the eight game to 15, as a server, so they had a set advantage…
In the 37-minute second set Timi and Martic has also led to 5:1, it seemed smooth equalization occurs. However, the Asian opponent broke twice and at 5:4 they served for the equalizing . Fortunately, the second seeds again took the control, they broke to 30, come the all-important Super Tie-break.
It was very close to 5-5, both duo had a mini break advantage. Then after 6-6 Timi and Martic took the control and won the game. The Hungarian-Croatian duo ‘s next opponent will be Estrella Cabeza Candela and Alexandra Dulgheru (Spanish, Romanian) or Lyudmila Kichenok and Nadiya Kichenok (Ukraine).