25/04/2016 – Timi served for the match in the second set, then she won in 3 sets. This is the first victory of the Hungarian player against Polona Hercog.
|GP DE SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM (250 000 USD, CLAY), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 5)-Polona Hercog (Slovenian) 6:3,6:7 (8-10), 6:1|
“I am pleased that I’ve managed to win! It’s true, that my clay court game is not the best. But every day I feel better, what to play and it is very encouraging! I am happy, that I finally defeated Hercog, because she was my nemesis:) Tomorrow is a practice day, with a tennis and a fitness work-out. Then Wednesday is the next match day”– said Timi.
The match lasted two hours and 25 minutes.
The two players already had met four times, every time Hercog was the better. Few weeks ago she won 6:3, 6:2 against the injured Timi.
Finally in Rabat, the Hungarian youngster was the better. In the 38-minute first set Timi broke her opponent to 40, after 2:1. But that lead didn’t last long. Hercog equalized to 3:3.
But after that, Timi took control, and won her opponent’s service game at 4:3. Then, she hold her serve to 0, so she easily finished that act.
A 71-minute second set brought huge battle. Hercog twice led with a break (3: 1, 4: 2), but she could not hold that. Timi broke back twice, and she won her opponent’s service game at 5:5. But she easily lost the next game, so came the tie-break.
Hercog led 6-4, then she had several set points. Timi constantly came back, but at 9-8 she lost her serve and the set…
So came the final act.
And Timi played very well! After a huge battle, she broke Hercog to 40, she lived with the third chance, then jumped to a 3:0 lead. And in the sixth game, she again broke her opponent, this time she won the fourth break ball. And it was the end for the Slovenian player.
Timi won the last game to 0, and she advanced to the last 16.
The Hungarian player’s next opponent will be Laura Robson (WTA-426.). The British player’s career best position was No27 (08.07.2013). So far, she has won 1 ITF tournament in singles. In recent years she fought with serious injury, she returned few months ago to the WTA Tour.