15/01/2018 – Timi came back from 2:4 in the opening act, then won the second set easily.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMAN’S SINGLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian)-CoCo Vandeweghe (American, 10) 7:6 (7-4), 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour 46 minutes in Melbourne.
“It was an amazing match with a very high mood! I’m so glad I could play this way. I have often met top10 opponents, I had chances, decisive games, and so on. Today, there was a huge difference between how well and aggressively I played the important points. I always thought that I could win. That was very, very important! That’s why I was able to came back in the first set. I think the rain came in a good time. After that I played much better, anyway I like to play tennis on a covered court. This made Me very good. This match will also have a very positive impact on My mentality. I’m happy and I’m glad to play this way! An important moment in My life. I’ve won at the ten thousand Hisense Arena, this is really incredible, I’m happy” – said Timi.
Timi is playing for the sixth time in singles at the Australian Open Main Draw, and has been played many exciting and close games in recent years. She had already met high seeded opponent in Melbourne earlier this time, but she had probably an even more difficult task this year. On the other side of the net, was the 10th seed, last season’s semifinalist at the Australian Open and at the US Open. CoCo Vandeweghe was also Fed Cup winner.
The American player was the clear favourite and in the first part of the opening set she “broke” her opponent. Timi won the third game behind the serves after big problems, she saved a total of three break points after 15-40. But the fifth game was won by Vandeweghe to 15. Soon, came a big change.
The rain started to fall, the roof was pulled in the Hisense Arena. Then Vandeweghe led to 4:2, then in the eighth game Timi broke her to 30. The Hungarian player became more and more confident, and she was steadily led to the tie-break.
And it was dreamlike! After 3-2, Timi won Vandeweghe’s serve and then led 6-3. Finally, she won another receiver’s points and finished the opening act.
The second set was more smoothly formed. Timi was extremely stable and brave enough to surprise and distort the American player. Vandeweghe was also more and more nervous and the chair umpire warned her.
Timi, in turn, was very mentally immersive, and she was able to solve many critical situations perfectly. In the second game, he saved a total of three break points after 15-40, and then won her opponent’s service game to 40. Then, after 3:1, the Hungarian player broke again to 40 (4:1).
The next game could have made a big difference in the match. Vandeweghe led to 40-0 asa a receiver, but Timi turned it over with an astonishing drive to 5:1. Then everything was “smooth”. The 10th seed won her serve to 15, but had no chance in the last game. Timi took advantage of her match point and she reached the second round.
The Hungarian player won against a top10 player for the second time. In 2014, she triumphed 1:6, 7:5, 6:3 against Simona Halep at the Fed Cup tournament in Budapest. The Romanian star, the current World No1, was 10th four years ago.
Timi’s next opponent is Carla Suárez Navarro. The Spanish player, (born: 3 September, 1988), is 39th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 6th (29 February, 2016). During her career she won 2 WTA and 6 ITF competitions. Suárez Navarro was quarterfinalist in 2009 and 2016 at the Australian Open.
The Hungarian and Spanish player have met three times so far: Suaárez Navarro won in 2014, in Flórianpolis 6:2, 6:2, in 2015 at Birmingham 6:2, 3:6, 6:4 and in 2016 in Madrid 3:6 , 6:2, 6:3.
The Spanish player won against Magdalena Frech 7:5, 6:3 on Monday at the Australian Open.
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