After Marrakech, before Johannesburg

After Marrakech, before Johannesburg

01/05/2013 – Timi visits Hungary for a short time, because on Thursday she will travel to South Africa for the Soweto Open.

The 19-year old player celebrated her third WTA Tour triumph in Morocco, in Johannesburg she wants to collect important points for the Wimbledon main draw.


Timi won three singles matches in the qualifying in Marrakech, she defeated Olga Savchuk, Aravane Rezai and Alexandra Cadantu. In the main draw she lost against Kiki Bertens, who won last year the GP de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem. In doubles Timi started again with Mandy Minella and the duo remained undefeated after Bogota!


“Overall it was not bad for a clay court tournament, which was previously not planned, because Istanbul was the priority. I managed to beat good players again, but I had no luck with the draw after the quali. I had a chance to done better, to won a set or the match. I’m particularly happy because with the doubles, in a few weeks managed to won three tournaments “– Timi said.


With the Marrakech triumph the 19-year-old player advanced to the 42nd position in doubles. Timi and Mandy Minella is 11th in the season’s Doubles Race! In the tournaments winners ranking the young Hungarian is 3rd with the legendary Serena Williams and led the doubles list with Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.


“The doubles begins to evolve very nicely and I’m in the right direction in singles. But I’m still playing doubles more loosely, sometimes I’m playing with less freedom in singles, compared to my knowledge. Of course, there is a greater responsibility “– Timi said.


The Hungarian player next week will play in Johannesburg, a hard court tournament with a prize money equivalent to 75 000 USD. The South African event will be an important step prior to Roland Garros.


“It’s true that I’m going hard courts, but I need the points to secure a place in the Wimbledon main draw. I will play only in singles, so we planning a lot of training. The high altitude will be very good, I learned from past experience, that I play much better after such circumstances. We’ve already talked about it, that I will go to a high-altitude location during the preparation.”


Timi travelled to the Marrakech tournament for the first time with the new member of the coaching staff, Nikola Andjelic.


“We understand each other very well, I’m glad that we had also a good relationship outside the court. There is absolutely no stress, he done his tasks very accurately. I couldn’t work for a long time with a coach, with whom I has no good relationship. Nikola done great fitness in Morocco, of course, the he still has to learn some important things in the tournaments. Previously, he had no tasks with a professional player, so he do not know some of my opponents. But we had great 10-12 days together “– Timi highlighted.


After the Soweto Open, the Hungarian player will prepare in domestic conditions for the Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season.