19/06/2018 – The World No30 Romanian player broke her opponent a total of five times in the first and third set.
|NATURE VALLEY CLASSIC (871 028 USD, GRASS), SINGLES, ROUND 1|
|Mihaela Buzărnescu (Romanian)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 6:3, 4:6, 6:0|
The match lasted 1 hour 40 minutes in Birmingham.
In the 31-minute opening act, Buzărnescu won her opponent’s serve to 30 after 1:1, and again lost only two rallies in the ninth game.
Timi played much better behind the serves in the second set. She had the first break point in the fifth game, but she could not make use of the chance. Then in the seventh game, the ice finally broke! As a receiver, Timi did not lose a rally, and she served for the set at 5:4. Buzărnescu got three break chances (0-40) but the Hungarian player finally closed the second act.
Unfortunately, the decisive set made a big difference. Timi lost her serve in the second game from 40-15, then she won only two rallies after 0:3. Buzărnescu soon led 5:0, and broke her opponent again, this time from 40-30.
Timi is quarter-finalist in doubles with Kristina Mladenovic at Birmingham: the first seeded pair will meet Vania King and Katarina Srebotnik.
The American player (born: 3 February, 1989) is 53rd in the World Rankings, and her career best position was 3rd (6 June, 2011). King has so far won 15 WTA and 4 ITF tournaments in women’s doubles, in 2010 she remained unbeaten on the side of Kazakhstan’s Jaroslava Shvedova in Wimbledon and at the US Open.
The Slovenian player (born: 12 March, 1981) is 29th in the World Rankings, her career best position was 1st (4 July 4, 2011). Srebotnik has won 39 WTA and 19 ITF competitions in this genre. During her career, she had five Grand Slam finals in women’s doubles, she remained unbeaten in 2011 at Wimbledon with Květa Peschke (Czech Republic).