23/02/2016 – After 3:4 in the opening set, Timi lost only one game in the 1 hour and 28 minute match.
|QATAR TOTAL OPEN (2 818 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian)-Sara Errani (Italian, 16) 6:4, 6:1|
“I am very, very, very happy!!! After a long time I defeated Errani again. It was a terribly hard match, and had to run a lot to overcome her. It was a very tactical match. Last week my opponent won the Dubai tournament, she was obviously full of confidence. I am very pleased that I managed to play the right tactics and get such a good match of it. At the beginning of the second set the very big battle started, Errani tried everything to come back. I won the long and very important game, just like yesterday. Then my opponent has tried everything: drop, attack, then tried to slow down the game. But today I had a good reaction for everything. And I’ve managed to finish the match in two sets. I am very happy!” – said Timi.
The match lasted 1 hour 28 minutes.
In the 51-minute first set started with two very long and close game. Timi saved two break points, but finally she lost serve. After that the 22-year old Hungarian player came back, winning an interesting service game (1:1).
Int he middle of the opening act Errani broke again to 4:3, but then came a total turn-around.
Timi broke back (to 30), then she hold her service game to 40. And this was not the end of her good series.
In the next receiver’s game the Hungarian youngster lost the first two rally, but then she equalized. And a few moments later she broke the Italian star, again. Timi won the first set against the 16th seed, last week Dubai Champion!
The first game of the second act proved decisive. Errani had a total of three break point, but without success. After 2:1, Timi won her opponent’s service game, then she hold her serve to 0.
At 4:1, the Hungarian player lost only one rally as a receiver, then she won her service game easily. So she advanced to the last 16 in Doha.
Timi’s next opponent – on Wednesday – will be the 4th seed Garbine Muguruza. The 22-year old Spanish star is ranked 5th, her career best position was 3 (26 October 2015). Last season she reached the final at Wimbledon and played int he semifinal of the WTA Finals. So far, she has won 2 WTA and 7 ITF tournament in singles.
In doubles, Timi and Julia Goerges will meet for the quarter-final the pair of Petra Kvitova and Barbora Strycova.