01/01/2019 – Bianca Andreescu won both sets in a big battle.
|ASB CLASSIC (250 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, ROUND 1|
|Bianca Andreescu (Canadian)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 6:4, 7:6 (8-6)|
The match lasted 1 hour and 49 minutes in Auckland.
“My opponent played well, and I started slower. Andreescu is already in the game because of the qualies. Then I came in, I had several chances. I struggled all the time and this is the most important! So see what I need to be better. There was now a fight, tennis will come in time”– Timi said.
The 20-year old Canadian player came out of the qualifiers after good matches and started confidently on Tuesday. She immediately won Timi’s serve to 15 and kept her advantage up to 3:2. At that time, the Hungarian player brought her opponent’s service game to 30, then hold her own serve from 30-40.
Andreescu saved the eight game from 15-40, and after 4:4, she broke Timi with the third chance. Then, she hold her next serve to 30.
The second set was even tighter. Timi always brought her serve till 5:4, saved a break point int he ninth game. Then, after 5:5, both player lost their serve, so came the tie-break.
In the tie-break, Timi turned from 0-2 to 5-3, but unfortunately she could not won her next serve. Andreescu led 6-5, and after 6-6 she broke her opponent again. The Canadian player closed the match with her own serve.
On Wednesday it turned out that Timi and Julia Görges will meet in the QF of the doubles event – on Thursday – the 4th seeded Xan Xinyun and Darija Jurak.
The Chinese player (born: 30 May, 1990) is 72th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 68th (24 September, 2018). Han has so far won 3 WTA Tour and 19 ITF tournaments in doubles. Last year, she remained unbeaten in Washington (USA, 250 000 USD, hard court) with Jurak.
The Croatian player (born: 5 April, 1984) is 48th in the world rankings, had a career best position of 27th (6 February, 2017). So far, Jurak has won 5 WTA Tour and 39 ITF tournaments in doubles.