09/08/2013 – Timi has not reached the singles final of the 125 000 USD Suzhou WTA tournament, after she was defeated in two sets by Shahar Peer.
The match lasted 1 hour 14 minutes. The 20-year-old Hungarian player also played the doubles semifinal on Friday with Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, and reached the final after a 1 hour 12 minute match! It will be Timi’s fifth final of the season and the sixth in total. Earlier this year she won with Mandy Minella in Bogota and in Marrakech, with Date-Krumm Kimiko in Monterrey. The Hungarian player last year trimphed in Birmingham with Hsieh Su-Wei.
|CAOXIJIU SUZHOU LADIES OPEN (125 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, SEMI-FINAL|
|Shahar Peer (Israeli, 3)-Timea Babos (Hungarian, 1) 6:1, 6:3|
|CAOXIJIU SUZHOU LADIES OPEN (125 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Timea Babos, Michaella Krajicek (Hungarian, Dutch)-Hsu Wen-Hsin, Chen Liang (Taiwanese, Chinese), 6:4, 6:2|
The singles semi-final is unfortunately not brought much excitement, the third seed served and received much better, didn1t give a chance. In the 26-minute first set Timi struggled with the serve, she never got to a game point. She broke rival at 3:0, but this didn’t changed the match…
At the beginning of the second set Peer won two games to 0, but after 2:1, she lost her serve. It happened again after 3:1, and then Timi won her own service game first and last time in the semifinal. After 4:3 the Israeli player broke again after several game and break points, and this decided the whole match.
Next Monday Timi will be 90th ranked. Unlike the previous plans she won’t play at the ITF tournament in Kazan, she will prepare in domestic conditions for the season’s final Grand Slam tournament, the US Open in New York, which begins on August 26th.
Timi could not rest to much after the singles semifinal, as she played in doubles with Michaella Krajicek. The Hungarian-Dutch pair started well in the semifinal, they led 5:1. The Taiwanese-Chinese opponent did not give up, surprisingly won three games in a row, with two breaks.
However, Timi and her partner reached well in the best possible time, they broke again to 15, which ended the first set.
At the beginning of the second set the two pair went head to head, and after 2:2 the Asians had two break points. Timi and her partner saved both of them, then took the rival’s service game. The Hungarian-Dutch duo did the same after 5:2, so they reached the final!
Timi and Michaella Krajicek will meet a surprise opponent in the last match, Han Xinyun of China and Eri Hozumi of Japan. They defeated the first seed pair of Tamarine Tanasugarn and Zheng Saisai.
The 23-year-old Chinese player is ranked 142nd in the doubles rankings, her career best was 80 (28.07.2008.). So far she won 7 ITF titles in doubles, she celebrated once this year.
The 19-year-old Japanese player is ranked 223rd, this is her career best. During her career she won four ITF doubles titles, this season she celebrated once.