17/10/2016 – Timi hold the third break in the final set at the Kremlin Cup.
|KREMLIN CUP (823 888 USD, INDOOR CARPET), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 9) – Irina-Camelia Begu (Romanian) 6:2, 6:7 (2-7), 7:5|
“It was not the game of my life … But what is very important: I could fight and win! So I gave myself an opportunity for the next round to play better there. I started well, I did not play badly, and my opponent made mistakes. When Begu improved, I panicked a bit and then I returned better to the match. In the end I managed to fight for more access. It is also important victory today because I proved to myself that I can win games even with a worse performance. I’m glad! Tomorrow I will have a doubles game, so I have a chance to train and prepare for the next round in singles” – said Timi.
The match lasted 2 hours 30 minutes.
The Hungarian player began the 35-minute first set very well. Timi saved two break points in the opening game, then won the opponent’s serve twice, both times to 30. After 4:0 Begu broke back, and had a chance for another break.
But the Hungarian player hold her serve, then broke Begu to 15. So she finished the opening act.
The 65-minute second set was much more interesting. The Romanian player found her serves and returns, led with a break at 3:2 and 6:5. But Timi both times came back with a break to 0. But the tie-break was one-sided…Begu came back from a break, and won 6 rallies in a row after 1-2.
The final set was also very exciting. This time, Timi led twice with a break, but Begu came back immediately. But the Hungarian player fought hard and with big heart!
At 4:5 Timi won her serve to 30, then broke Begu to 0. In the last game the Romanian player saved three match points, but the fourth chance was crucial. Timi won the thriller in Moscow! After the defeat in 2012 in Fes (Morocco) and this year in the final at Florianopolis (Brazil), the Hungarian player defeated Begu.
Timi’s next opponent will be the former doubles partner, Kristina Mladenovic. The French player is ranked 42nd, her career best position was 27 (28 September 2015). So far, she was a finalist three times at the WTA Tour in singles and won five ITF tournaments. This year she played in the final at s’Hertogenbosch (Netherlands, 250 000 USD, grass) and Hong Kong (250 000 USD, hard court). Last year she was a quarter-finalist at the US Open, this is her best Grand Slam result in singles.
The Hungarian and French players have met five times in singles or WTA- Grand Slam tournament: Mladenovic lead 4-1.