Big battle and victory for the quarter-final

Big battle and victory for the quarter-final

08/05/2019 – Timi won both sets after a tie-break.

OPEN DE CAGNES-SUR-MER ALPES-MARITIME (80 000 CLAY), SINGLES, ROUND 2
Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Priscilla Hon (Australian) 7:6 (7-4), 7:6 (7-3)

 

The match lasted 1 hour and 53 minutes in France.

 

In the 59-minute first set, Timi hold her game from a break point after 1:2, then won her opponent’s serve to 30. Hon immediately straightened, lost only one rally as a receiver.

 

The match became balanced, but after 4:4 came another quick change of breaks. The next two games were won by Hon and Timi, so the tie-break came. At the beginning of the minigame both players lost their serves, but after 4-4 Timi won three rallies, first as a receiver, then twice behind the serve.

 

At the beginning of the second act, Hon broke her opponent to 30, then few minutes later, she led 3:1. The Hungarian player won the sixth game, using the third break point. Then, after 4:3, Timi broke the Australian player to 30, but after that, she could not won a rally behind the serves.

 

At the decisive period of the set, both player won their own game, so came the second tie-break.

 

Timi started the tie-break very well: she broke Hon after 1-1, then led 4-1. She jumped to a 5-2 lead with another receiver’s point, then hold one serve. The Hungarian player finished the match after 6-3 with the next break.

 

Timi’s next opponent will be Varvara Lepchenko.

 

The American player (born: 21 May, 1986) is 131st on the World Ranking, has a career best position of 19th (1 October, 2012). So far, Lepchenko has won 11 ITF tournaments in singles.

 

The two players have met three times so far: Timi won three times. In 2012 in Cincinnati 7:6, 6:4, in 2013 in Quangzhou 7:6, 7:5, and in 2017 in Indian Wells 4:6, 7:6, 6:2.