Fantastic semifinal victory in Gifu

Fantastic semifinal victory in Gifu

03/05/2014 – Timi won in two set against the defending champion An-Sophie Mestach, so she got into the final of the 75 000 USD ITF tournament in Gifu!

The match lasted one hour and 30 minutes. The second seed Hungarian player ‘s opponent in the final will be the Russian Ekaterina Bychkova.


Timea Babos (Hungarian, 2) – An- Sophie Mestach (Belgian, 3) 6:2, 7:5


“At last, a final again! I played very well , despite the fact, that the conditions were difficult. It was a great wind, but I used to it more than the opponent. Unfortunately, I played a little bit worse, when I served for the match, there was a lurch. But what’s important, and that is important that I managed to come back, and finished the match in two sets! Fine gift for My Name Day” – Timi said happily .


The 32-minute first set was exciting only to 2:2. The 20-year old Hungarian player served very well, and after 3:2 she broke her rival. Mestach struggled, this shows that at 5:2 she couldn’t hold her serve from 40-15. Timi took advantage of the first chance, so relatively quickly got in to a 1 set advantage.


The second set was much closer and more exciting. The Hungarian player broke Mestach at 2:1, but could not keep the lead. After that the Belgian again lost her serve, her opponent then had a 5.2 lead.


Then came the big drama! The defending champion won the next two games – as a server and a receiver … – after 40-40, then she saved match point (5:5). It seemed, that Mestach took the control, but fortunately it did not happen!


In the next two game Timi lost only one rally, so she advanced to the final!


The Hungarian youngster’s next opponent will be Ekaterina Bychkova. In the semifinal the Russian player won against Jarmila Gajdosova, 7:5, 6:3.


The 28–year old Bychkova is ranked 207th, her career best is 66th (02.20.2006). During her career, she has won 10 ITF singles events, most recently in February this year in Nottingham (25 000). Few weeks ago she was quarterfinalist in Karsi, Uzbekistan (25 000).


2009.05.03. Bournemouth (UK) Clay Svenja WEIDEMANN (German) 6:4, 3:6, 4:6
2009.05.10. Edinburgh (UK) Clay Naomi BROADY (British) 6:4, 6:7 (3-7), 7:6 (10-8)
2009.07.12. Felixstowe (UK) Grass Anna SMITH (British) 5:7, 6:3, 4:6
2009.11.08. Sunderland (UK) Hard Matea MEZAK (Croatian) 7:6 (7-6), 6:4
2009.11.14. Jersey (UK) Hard Matea MEZAK (Croatian) 2:6, 3:6
2010.05.09. Edinburgh (UK) Clay Tara MOORE (British) 6:2, 6:2
2010.06.13. Budapest (Hungary) Clay Mathilde JOHANSSON (French) 7:6 (7-4), 1:6, 0:6
2010.07.17. Woking (UK) Hard Katie O’BRIEN (British) 7:5, 6:4
2010.12.05. Bendigo (Australia) Hard Elitsza KOSZTOVA (Bulgarian) 3:6, 6:3, 7:5
2011.06.18. Asztana (Kazakhstan) Hard Tadeja MAJERIČ (Croatian) 6:0, 6:2
2011.07.03. Stuttgart-Vaihingen (Germany) Clay Korina PERKOVIC (German) 1:6, 6:2, 6:3
2011.10.30. Saguenay (Canada) Hard (i) Julia BOSERUP (American) 7:6 (9-7), 6:3
2011.11.27. Helsinki (Finland) Hard (i) Jana ČEPELOVÁ (Slovakian) 6:3, 6:1
2012.01.08. Quanzhou (China) Hard Kimiko DATE-KRUMM (Japanese) 3:6, 3:6
2013.05.11. Johannesburg (South Africa) Hard Chanel SIMMONDS (South African) 6:7 (3-7), 6:4, 6:1
2013.08.03. Doneck (Ukraine) Hard Elina SVITOLINA (Ukrainian) 6:3, 2:6, 6:7 (9-11)
2013.11.03. Toronto (Canada) Hard (i) Victoria DUVAL (USA) 5:7 – Babos retired