18/08/2015 – Timi won in three sets against the World No 18 Samantha Stosur in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open.
The match lasted 2 hour 21 minutes. The Hungarian player’s next opponent will be the 8th seed Karolina Pliskova.
|WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN (2,701,240 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Samantha Stosur (Australian) 7:6 (8-6), 4:6, 7:5|
“Jesus, I can not believe it!!! Wept for joy, I am extremely happy!!! I have long been waiting for such a victory! I hope, it won’t stop! Tomorrow is a rest day for me, with a little exercise. Then on Wednesday the hamster wheel back again”– said Timi.
In the 53-minute first set Stosur broke ger opponent after 2:2, and she hold that lead till 5:4. At 3:2 the Australian player saved her service game from 0-40. But in the tenth game, came turnaround!
Timi won her opponent’s service game to 30, then she saved the set to a tie-break. In the tie-break the Hungarian youngster led 3-1, but she lost that lead to 3-3. At 6-6 she broke again Stsour and she closed the set with a serve.
At the beginning of the 43-minute second set, the Hungarian player has won seven rally series, three (!) Bréklabdához reached. Unfortunately, Stosur saved her serve, then she broke the opponent.
After that the Australian star is not given chance, she lost only one rally in the next three service game. After 5:4 she easily finished the second act.
At the beginning of the third Stosur broke her opponent again, then she hold that early lead. But, only till 4:3. Timi fought bravely and she won the World No 18’s service game to 30, then hold the next game to 0. After that, at 5:4, 15-15 the rain came and the interval…
After the break Stosur saved a match point, but she had no chance in the next return game. At 6:5, the Australian player led 30-0, but after that Timi equalized. And she didn’t finished with this! The Hungarian youngster had a match point and this time she lived with that chance. She celebrated one of the biggest victory of her career!!!
The Hungarian player’s next opponent will be the 7th seed, World No8 Karolina Pliskova. The Czech star so far has won 4 WTA and 10 ITF event in singles.
This season she was a tournament winner in Prague (Czech Republic, 250,000 USD, clay), and played in the final at Sydney (Australia, 731,000 USD, hard court), Dubai (United Arab Emirates, 2.513 million USD, hard court), Birmingham (England, 731 000 USD, grass) and Stanford (United States, 731,000 USD, hard court). Recently in Toronto she lost in the opening round.
On the first day of the main board it was also decided that Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will meet Karin Knapp and Roberta Vinci in the second round of the doubles event.
Knapp is ranked 74th, while her partner is a former World No1. Vinci currently ranked 35th. So far Knapp has won 6 ITF tournament in doubles. Vinci triumped with Sara Errani at 5 Grand Slam events, and she has won 25 WTA and 10 ITF event.
The Italian double began to play together a few weeks ago, after the couple of Errani and Vinci broke up. Knapp and Vinci so far has not celebrated big successes. Their betst result was the 3rd round at the Roland Garros and Wimbledon.