17/01/2018 – Carla Suárez Navarro was more relaxed and more precise in the most important situations.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN (55 000 000 AUD, HARD COURT), WOMAN’S SINGLES, ROUND 2|
|Carla Suárez Navarro (Spanish)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 6:4, 2:6, 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour 51 minutes in Melbourne.
“I’m so sorry for today’s match! At the beginning, at the break points, I should have been a little more aggressive. But after that, Carla played almost flawlessly. In the second set I came back, I fought as I could. My opponent also had opportunities, but I managed to equalize. At the beginning of the decisive set, my hand trembled tremendously, which proved to be decisive. But the essence is that I can learn from these matches. I admit, I had a tough draw in Melbourne. Carla was a top 10 player for a long time, and lost positions at the world ranking due to injuries. That’s why she was not among the seeds this time. It was a great match, in which I played well for a long time. Now I’m sad, but I’m confident that over time I will feel better” – said Timi.
The Spanish player is now “only” ranked 39th after a long injury break, but she was already 6th. Suárez Navarro was quarterfinalist in 2009 and 2016 at the Australian Open.
The 24-year old Hungarian player started well in the 42-minute opening set. She hold her serve easily, then led 40-15 as a receiver. Unfortunately, the opponent saved this game and then broke her to 30. Suárez Navarro played more accurately and quietly, and after 4:2 she broke Timi to 15. Then the Hungarian player surprised the much more routine Spanish opponent, but after 5:4 Suárez Navarro closed the set up smoothly.
The 34-minute second act brought a big turn. Timi got better, and that gave her a result. In the fourth game she id not lose a ball as a receiver, and after 3:1 she defended her serve from 15-40.
Suárez Navarro fought further, but her opponent was better. The Hungarian player broke to 30 after 5:2 and closed the second set.
Unfortunately, at the beginning of the crucial set the Spanish player was more accurate and relaxed. Suárez Navarro won her opponent’s service game to 30, and after 1:0 she saved two break points. Then Timi lost the next game after 40-30…
There was no new turn in the second half of the set: Suárez Navarro easily finished the match after 5:2.
The Hungarian player will start playing at the Women’s Doubles on Thursday with Kristina Mladenovic. Timi and her French partner will meet Natela Dzalamidze (Russian) and Xenia Knoll (Swiss).
In Melbourne, the draw was made in Mixed Doubles: Timi and Rohan Bopanna (India) will start against Ellen Perez and Andrew Whittington from Australia.