A great victory in New Haven!

A great victory in New Haven!

Timea Babos plays Kristina Mladenovic in their first round match on stadium court at the Yale University Tennis Center on Monday, August 21, 2017 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

21/08/2017 – In the second set Timi came back from 2:5, and three set points.


Tímea Babos (Hungarian)-Kristina Mladenovic (French, 4) 7:5, 7:5



The match lasted 1 hour 45 minutes in New Haven.


“I started pretty well, but afterwards I had worse times. Finally, I won the first set! Then I started the second very well, but unfortunately there was a weird game, which I lost. After that I became a bit nervous, so it was suddenly 2:5. But then I calmed down again and managed to come back. Finally, there is a match on which I have turned from a lost situation. I am very pleased with this! I’m not saying this was a big victory. At least because it was not a “big game”. But the most important is the victory. I’m looking forward to the next match – said Timi.


The World No66 Hungarian player surprised her opponent (WTA-14) at the beginning of the 54-minute opening act. Timi broke her former doubles partner to 15, then hold her serve to 0. Then, after 2:1, she saved her service game from three break points, but she lost her break advantage in the sixth game.


In the second half of the set, the Hungarian player again led with a break, but the French opponent came back immediately. Timi fought hard, and broke Mladenovic at 5:5, to 15. And now, she saved that lead, she finished the set to 30, after 6:5.


Timi started very well in the second act. She immediately broke the French player, but after 2:0, she lost the control and the rhythm of the match. She made easy mistakes, “gave” good chance for the fourth seed. Mladenovic jumped to a 5:2 lead and it seemed, the third set is coming.


But Timi did not give up for a moment, even when he was down 3:5, 15-40. And Mladenovic served. The Hungarian player came back with a brave tennis, with great heart. She forced the 4th seed to make mistakes. Timi broke her opponent, then hold her service game from the third set point (5:5).


And the Hungarian player did not slowed down after equalizing. She played well as a receiver and won the French player’s service game again, this time to 15. And after that she hold her serve to 0.


Timi’s next opponent will be Daria Gavrilova (born: 5 March, 1994). The Russian-born Australian youngster in ranked 26th, her career best position was 21st (19 June, 2017). So far, she has won 4 ITF tournaments and has 2 WTA Tour finals (2016: Moscow, 2017: Strasbourg).


This year Gavrilova was also a semifinalist in St. Petersburg (Russia, 776 000 USD, indoor). She reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open, while lost in the opening round at the Roland Garros and Wimbledon.