08/10/2016 – Last year Timi was a quarter-finalist in the Tianjin Open.
On Saturday, the main draw was made for the 500 000 USD Tianjin Open: Timi’s opponent will be Alison Riske in the first round.
The 23-year old Hungarian player is ranked 26th at the WTA Rankings, and seeded 4th in Tianjin.
The 26-year old Riske is currently the World No60, her career best position was 40 (9 June 2014). So far, she has won 1 WTA and 7 ITF competition. Three years ago, she reached the fourth round at the US Open, it’s her best ever result in a Grand Slam singles tournament.
At the beginning of the 2016 season Riske was a finalist in Shenzhen (China, 500 000 USD, hard court), in the semifinal won 6:2, 6:4 against Timi. In March, she played in the semifinal in San Antonio (United States, 125 000 USD, hard court), then in May remained unbeaten in Eastbourne (England, 50 000 USD, grass) ITF tournament. After that she was a finalists in Nottingham (England, 250 000 USD, grass) in July, while reached the semifinal at Stanford (United States, 731 000 USD, hard courts). Recently, she was quarter-finalist in Tokyo (Japan, 250 000 USD, hard courts) and Guangzhou (China, 250 000 USD, hard courts).
Timi and Riske have met three times before this year’s match in Shenzhen. Timi won in 2012 in Birmingham 6:4, 4:6, 7:6 and last year in Tianjin, 6:3, 6:3.