08/04/2016 – Timi led with a break advantage at the beginning of the final set, but at the end the 3rd seed Jelena Ostapenko advanced to the semifinal.
|KATOWICE OPEN (250 000 USD, INDOOR), SINGLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Jelena Ostapenko (Latvian, 3)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 7) 7:6 (7-3), 2:6, 6:3|
The match lasted 2 hours, 7 minutes.
“The long tour ended today … I’m sorry about today’s match, because it’s true, I had a good chance. But honestly, I confess with pain in My body. This morning I got a pain in my neck and I could hardly hit My serves at the warm up. I was able to play through this match with the help of painkillers. Of course, this is not an excuse, but I felt that I did not play well this week. I struggled and fought as I could. It took so much, unfortunately. Thank you all for the support in the past weeks and months!!! Now I also need a little rest. I want to prepare well for the clay court season, I want to achieve good results and good form” – said Timi.
In the 52-minute first set Ostapenko broke her opponent at 2:2, but she lost that lead immediately. In the sixth game Timi won her rival’s service game to 15. Then, the Hungarian player saved her service game after 15-40.
The fate of the opening act was decided in the tie-break. Timi came back from an early “break”, but after 3:3 Ostapenko was the better on the court.
The 35-minute second set brought a total turn-around. Timi lost an early break advantage, but after 2:2 she dominated the match. She broke Ostapenko two times and won her own service games.
At the beginning of the final set the Hungarian player again won her Latvian opponent’s service game. But this time it was not enough…
Ostapenko came back immediately, she equalized to 2:2. Then, after a big fight she broke Timi after 4:3. Then the Latvian teen saved her service game from 15-40 and advanced to the semifinal of the Katowice Open.