16/01/2019 – Stephens won Timi’s serve for a total of five times.
|AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 (GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, 60 500 000 AUD), SINGLES, ROUND 2|
|Sloane Stephens (USA, 5)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 6:3, 6:1|
The match lasted 1 hour and 37 minutes in Melbourne, at the Rod Laver Arena.
“I feel this was a good match! It was a great fight. My opponent played very well and I had many good moments. Of course it is always possible to talk about tennis, but now the most important thing was attitude and mentality. And they were very positive at Me, too. This is what matters! If something had to be highlighted as a negative, it would be My receiver’s points at her second serves. I could have been better at that. But on the whole, I got pressure from Sloane, which is rarely. And not in the sense of the winners, but simply not making a mistake and moving very well, I had to win a point several times. I enjoyed the match, I did everything. I believe that if I play with this attitude, good tennis will come. So, I’ll do it! ” – Timi said.
The 2017 US Open Champ, Sloane Stephens won in two sets, but the match was much tighter, what the result shows.
In the 58-minute first set, the World No5 player hold her opening service game from 30-40, then her Hungarian opponent saved two break points. After 2:1, Stephens led 40-0 as a receiver, and finally lived with the fifth chance (1:3).
Timi fought bravely, with great heart and determination, and this gave her the result! In the fifth game, she won her opponent’s serve to 30, and hold her own game from 30-40. Stephens then won her serve to 15, and after that, she led 40-0. Timi saved three break points, but she could not hold her service game, after all.
At 5:3, Stephens led 40-15 and won her sixth set point.
At the beginning of the second set, the US-star broke her opponent to 30, and few minutes later, she led 2:0. At that time Timi didn’t give up, she fought bravely, and saved four break points after 0-40. She won that game, and had a break point at 2:1. Stephens hold that serve, and then led 40-0, again. Timi saved these chances, but could not saved the fourth break chance. And that finally decided the fate of the match.
After 4:1, Stephens won her service game to 0, then broke Timi to 30.