28/02/2013 – Monica Niculescu (75th ranked) defeated Tímea Babos (133rd) in the quarter-finals of the WTA Tennis Cup (235 000 USD) in Brasil.
The meeting lasted 1 hour 25 minutes. Not long after, Timea Babos and Kimiko Date-Krumm lost in 1 hour and 30 minutes in the doubles semi-final against the first seed Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova.
|WTA TENNIS CUP BRASIL (235,000 USD, HARD COURT) SINGLES, QUARTER FINAL|
|Monica Niculescu (Romanian)-Timea Babos (Hungarian), 6:3, 6:2|
|WTA TENNIS CUP BRASIL (235,000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Anabel Medina Garrigues, Yaroslava Shvedova (Spanish, Kazakh, 1)-Timea Babos, Kimiko Date-Krumm (Hungarian, Japanese, 3) 6:3, 4:6, 10-5|
“I cannot really be sad. At last I was at the quarter final of a WTA tournament, I won matches, I beat good players. Today I also played well, simply could not find the tactics with which I could have beat Niculescu. Monica has amazing footwork, filled with unpleasant shots … I’ve tried everything from quick game to slow, slices and high spin shots, everything, but she had answers every time … It’s okay, it’s been a good week, finally I played some good tennis :))) “– Timi said after the singles meeting.
Niculescu, had already achieved nice successes in the current season. In Shenzhen she was a semifinalist, with good wins, including defeating Laura Robson. At Hobart she was in the last eight, with wins against Mandy Minella and Shuai Peng. In Doha in the first round Nuculescu had surpassed the former world Number One Jelena Jankovic. In Florianapolis she had a close encounter in the first round against Anabel Medina Garrigues (5:7, 7:6, 6.1), in the next round, however, came on very smoothly against Tereza Mrdeza.
In the 37-minute first set of the quarter final Timi has not played at a level as in the previous two rounds, she lost four times the serve, which worked very well against Savinykh and Sheepers. Niculescu hit hard as usual from backhand, and also caused many problems with her very unpleasant, medium-minded indigenous forehand shots.
The Hungarian tennis player leveled from 0:2, but after that it was not really much of a chance against the more experienced Romanian. In the fifth game Niculescu broke Timi to 0 and after that hold the serve from 0-30. In the next game, she took her opponent’s serve once again, this break was decisive.
Timi broke her rival, but in the next game she lost the serve again.
In the beginning of the second set the Hungarian player won her service game after a long break (1:1), but the next time Niculescu broke again … It was a very long game with some advantage of Timi and Niculescu after 40-40, but unfortunately the Romanian was the better on the end.
Timi fought hard, but her work was not enough for success. In the next game Nuculescu lost two points after 40-0, but hold her serve, then broke Timi from 15-40…Suddenly the Romanian lost her serve to 0, but in the following game she finally ended the quarter final with another successful return game.
The doubles semi-final was close, but in the end the favorite duo celebrated. Timi and Kimiko fought back from 1:3 in the 37-minute first set, but then again, the opponent played better.
The Spanish-Kazakh pair is pulled away in the second set (3-1), but then came the turning point. Timi and Kimiko took the lead with two breaks (4:3), but Medina Garrigues and Shvedova equalized. Then again, the Hungarian-Japanese duo played better and won the 40-minute second set.
In the all-important tie-break Timi and Kimiko played well to 5-4 until, but after that the first seed duo controlled the game.