09/07/2013 – Timi won in 2 hours, 29 minutes against Alexandra Krunic, and advanced into the second round of the 235 000 USD Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 20-year-old Hungarian player’s next opponent on Wednesday will be the Spanish Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.
|HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX (BUDAPEST, 235 000 USD, CLAY), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Alexandra Krunic (Serbian) 6:3, 6:7 (5-7), 6:3|
“I’m very happy with the win! It was great to play at home again, the crowd helped me a lot. Thanks for your support! I played a very tough match after an unusually good start. As a positive aspect of this is that after the second set I won the final set with heart and head. My game still has to evolve, but the victory is now the most important. So I have a chance to develop. Compared to previous years, the physique has improved. Previously I would have lost this game, “– said Timi.
Last year the World No 115 Hungarian tennis player lost in the first round after a hard three setter match.
Timi started very well this time, pulled away 4:0 in 13 minutes. The home player had many winners, however her opponent rarely found the court.
Krunic then carefully pulled herself together, winning three games in a row. Then Timi got coaching advice from Levente Barátosi, and it worked. The Hungarian player won her own service game after a big battle, and then broke her opponent’s serve third time.
After the 33-minute opening set a hard battle emerged. Krunic served and received better, and after 3:3 took the rival’s service game. Timi immediately broke back, and the tie-break decided the fate of the set.
In the tie-break Timi had a 4-2 lead, but the brave Serbian won this “act”.
At the beginning of the third set Krunics played dangerously, had a break point, but without success. Timi then broke at 3:3, then at 5:3, so she reached the last 16 in Budapest.
The Hungarian player’s next opponent in the 7th sedd Maria-Teresa Torró-Flor. The 21-year-old Spanish tennis player is 71st ranked, her career best was 64th on June 10th this year. She has not won a WTA tournament, but was undefeated in 11 ITF tournament. This year, she reached the last eight at Bogota, but in terms of opponents can be proud of the appearance in Madrid. In the qualifier she defeated Monica Niculescu and Johanna Larsson, on the main draw she won against the 2010 Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone. Finally, the recent Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli stopped the Spaniard.
Torró-Flor got into the second round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.