08/01/2017 – Timi led with a break in the second and third set, but the opponent reversed both times.
|APIA INTERNATIONAL (776 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Daria Kasatkina (Russian)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 3:6, 6:4, 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour 54 minutes.
“So sorry for today’s match. I played better…In China I was too passive, now I was too aggressive. I need to find the right balance in My game. I continue to train a lot, so I have to trust my work. I regret that now this was the result of My match. Thanks to the local Hungarians and the home fans for the cheering!”– Timi said.
Timi started well in the 32-minute opening act: in the first game she saved a break point, then won the opponent’s serve to 40, living with the third chance. After that, the 23-year old Hungarian player hold her lead, relatively easily.
Timi won her service game twice to 15, and at 4:2 to 40. After 5:3, she hold her serve to 15, she closed the opening set.
The Hungarian player began the second act very well, with brave and accurate attacks collected the points. Thanks to an early break, Timi led 3:1, but then came the turning point … Kasatkina lived with her chances, and equalized to 3:3. Then, after 4:4 the Russian teen saved a break point, and won her opponent’s serve to 15. So came the final act.
At the beginning of the third set, Timi again head a break advantage, but she lost it after a big battle. And Kasatkina broke her again, after saving a break point (1:3).
The Hungarian player fought, but after 4:2 she couldn’t lived with her chance, at 40-40. And it was the end of her chance. In the next game, she saved a match point, but the second was crucial…
Timi will play doubles in Sydney, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Hungarian-Russian pair will meet Raquel Atawo (USA) and Xu Yifan (China) in the first round.