17/01/2018 – The World No92 Nicole Gibbs came back from a break in the second set.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 16 503 692 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Nicole Gibbs (US)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 25) 7:6 (7-3) 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 44 minutes at Melbourne.
“I’m very sorry, I’m very sad! Unfortunately, I am in a pretty big pit … After last year’s US Open I lost the thread a little bit … I train a lot and I’m improving in every area, but unfortunately now I’m in crisis. I do not have a problem with My game … I’m very negative with Myself. Today’s match was a torture … I was so nervous and I’m blocked … Today I did not know what to do, unfortunately”– said the Hungarian player after the match.
Unfortunately, the Melbourne match started badly: in the 55-minute first set, the American player broke Timi at 1:1 to 0, then hold her serve to 0. The Hungarian player saved a break point at 2:4, after that she won her opponent’s service game to 30. Then Timi saved one break each in the next two service games.
So came the tie-break. Timi led 2-1 with the receiver’s point, but she could hold that lead. She lost five rallies in a row, and Gibbs finished the set behind the serve at 6-3.
The Hungarian player started terrible in the second set, lost seven rallies in a row. But she came back from 0-40 behind the serve, and at 2:2 she broke Gibbs in a big battle. But this was not enough this time…
The US-player broke back after a great battle, and dominated the match. She broke her opponent again at 5:4, so she broke Timi’s dream at this Grand Slam event.
The Hungarian player hit 1 ace and 6 double faults. She won the 72% (36/50) of the rallies after first, and 33% (13/40) after the second serves. Gibbs had 5 aces and 2 double faults. Behind the first serves she won 81% (26/32) of the points and 53% (23/43) after second serves. Timi won 2 break points from 5 chances (40%), while Gibbs 3 from 14 (21%).