22/09/2015 – Timi won in 67 minutes and will play against the World No2, seeded 1st Simona Halep.
|GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN (250 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian)–Yang Zhaoxuan (Chinese) 6:3, 6:0|
“I started the match quite well, but I could not keep the break advantage. I played a quite bad, security service game…But then I played better, I controlled the game. The second set was already extremely well, I played well as a receiver, I moved quite well, I made my opponent’s life very hard. It was very hot, so I’m glad with the smooth victory”– said Timi.
Because of the bad weather in Guangzhou the match was delayed 24 hours, but that did not bother the 22-year old player from Hungary. On Monday she completed the required tasks at the 250 000 USD WTA event, then started very well on Tuesday.
Timi broke the opponent after 1:0 to 30, but she couldn’t hold that lead. Yang equalized to 2:2, and then a “new” match started!
Timi again broke her opponent after 3:2, this time to 30, then she jumped to a 5:2 lead. In the ninth game she lived with the fourth chance, she won the opening act.
After the 38-minute first set came a much smoother and quieter second set!
Timi broke the young Chinse player three times (to 0, to 30, then to 40). She saved a break point at 3:0. And this time the 22-year old Hungarian player didn’t let the opponent to come back, she won the fifth game after saving five game points.
In the last game Timi won the second match point, at 40-30.
The 22-year old Hungarian player will meet the top seed Simona Halep in the last 16. The 23-year Romanian player is ranked 2nd (first time on 11 August 2014), this is her career best.
She was a finalist at the Roland Garros in 2014, she has won 11 WTA- és 6 ITF events so far. This year Halep was unbeaten in Shenzhen (China, 500,000 USD, hard court), Dubai (United Arab Emirates, 2,513,000 USD, hard court) and Indian Wells (United States, 5,381,235 USD, hard court). She reached the final in Toronto (Canada, 2,513,000 USD, hard court) and Cincinnati (United States, 2,701,240 USD, hard court).
The Hungarian and Romanian player have met twice: in 2013 at the quarter-final in Budapest Halep won 7:5, 6:1. Last year at the Fed Cup in Budapest Timi celebrated the first top10 triumph, she defeated the World No10 opponent 6, 7:5, 6:3.