10/07/2013 – Timi won in 2 hours 24 minutes against the 7th seed Maria Teresa Torró-Flor and reached the quarterfinal of the 235 000 USD Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 20-year-old Hungarian player will debut on Thursday in doubles with the Polish Alicja Rosolska on the Center Court of the Római Teniszakadémia. On Friday Timi will meet the Romanian Simona Halep in singles.
|HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX (BUDAPEST, 235 000 USD, CLAY), SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Maria Teresa Torró-Flor (Spanish, 7) 1:6, 6:4, 7:6 (7-4)|
“I think the that I played not so bad in the first set, but my opponent played extra tennis.But it gave me the strength to continue, I knew sooner or later she will tremble. In the second set I pay much more attention to my service games, to put pressure on the Spanish player. In the end, she could not hold the nerves, hit double faults, so I settled. In the third set I didn’t think, that I could lost, even when she broke Me twice. I knew that I could come back into the match, I tried to play point by point. I feel like I played better than yesterday. I improved in serves, I was more tactical, and I done another long match well physically “– Timi said.
In the first game of the 33-minute first set Timi had a break point, but the Spaniard saved it with some luck. Then the World No 71 Torró-Flor prevailed, played more accurate tennis, jumped to a 3:0 lead.
Timi then won a game, but had no chance in this set. The seventh sedd may feel, that the match is over, but it was not the case!
In the second set Timi played much better, she made no mistakes at important moments. She saved break points at 3:3 and at 5:4, she had three set points. Suddenly Timi used wrong shots, but at the she used the fourth chance to won this act.
The final set was very close, but this time Torró-Flor broke first, and second…But Timi equalized immediately both times! Finally came the all-important tie-break!
At the beginning Torró-Flor led 2-0, but after that the young Hungarian won 4 points in a row. In the first round she lost that kind of lead against Alexandra Krunic, but this time she lived with the opportunity. Timi won the crucial points and advanced to the quarterfinal.
Timi’ next opponent will be Simona Halep on Friday. The 21-year-old Romanian player is ranked 30th, this is her career best so far. Five times she played a WTA singles final, a few weeks ago she triumphed in Nuremberg and s’Hertogenbosch.
In Rome she marched through the qualifying tournament, then won against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci, Jelena Jankovic, and stopped by Serena Williams in the last four. At Roland Garros she lost in the opening round, while at Wimbledon she reached the second round.
Halep march Nuremberg through Grace Min, Estrella Cabeza Candella, Galina Voskoboeva, Lucie Safarova and Andrea Petkovic, while at s’Hertogenbosch she defeated Annika Beck, Vinci, Lesia Tsurenko, Carla Suarez Navarro and the fresh semifinalist at Wimbledon, Kirsten Flipkens.