16/05/2016 – In the opening set the Hungarian player came back twice from a break behind, then won the match smoothly.
|INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG (250 000 USD, CLAY), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 8)- Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6:4, 6:1|
The match lasted 65 minutes.
“To be honest, it was difficult beginning of the match. I started slowly, but as we progressed, my performance was better and better. Tomorrow is my day off, I will be able to train. Then on Wednesday it will be a tough match against Lucic-Baroni. But I hope it will be successful. Although I should add that not this event is the most important this week. I consider this tournament as a preparation. I consider the matches as part of it, I will do everything to be ready for the Roland Garros. Our task is complicated, because of the weather, it’s terrible cold, a lot of rain, not easy to play here. But obviously, it is hard for everyone” – said Timi.
It was a difficult start for Timi, but finally she did not have to worry! In the 34-minute opening act the 23-year old Hungarian player came back twice from a break behind. She lost her serve immediately, but few minutes later she equalized easily (2:2). In the seventh game the much more experienced Belarusian player broke her opponent again, but that lead did not last long.
And after 4:4 Timi dominated the match. She hold her service game confidently, and then she broke Govortsova again.
The second set has developed more smoothly. Timi served very well and won her opponent’s service game two more time. Govortsova hold her serve at 5:0, but in the next game Timi hold her serve to 0.
The 23-year-old Hungarian player’s next opponent will be the World No66 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The 34-year-old Croatian player’s career best position was 32 (11 May 1998). So far, she has won 3 WTA and 4 ITF event in singles. This year her best result was the quarter-final in Acapulco (Mexico, 250 000 USD, hard court).
The two player have met each other in singles twice: in 2011 in Saguenay Timi won 1:6, 6:3, 7:6, in 2014 in Quebec City, the Croatian player celebrated a 7:6, 6:2 victory.