07/02/2014 – The Hungarian women’s tennis team celebrated a 2-1 victory against Latvia in the 2nd round of the Pool B of the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone I group.
The biggest surprise was that Timi lost in two sets against Diana Marcinkevica (World No 216). So the doubles decided, Timi and Réka Jani won after a great battle.
|FED CUP, EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I, POOL B, 1ST ROUND|
|Reka Jani-Jelena Ostapenko 6:0, 6:4|
|Timea Babos-Diana Marcinkevica 2:6, 4:6|
|Timea Babos, Reka Jani-Diana Marcinkevica, Jelena Ostapenko 7:5, 3:6, 6:1|
“It was a pretty emotional day! Unfortunately, the singles could not be the way I wanted . But I feel like I have not played so badly … I tried to implement the tactical elements that we were practiced in the past few weeks, but nothing worked today . If I did something , then my opponent responded with even better punches . If the plan A did not work, then I tried to Plan B, but nothing … My opponent has not given a chance to prevail my tactics. Then it was hard to stand up for the doubles. Half on hour was not enough, and the first and second set was not enough. But I feel like the third set was good, by then I calmed down . Then I played it as the last time I used to play in doubles” – Timi said at the end of the day.
In the first match Réka Jani has smoothly brought the first set , but after that she had problems with the opponent . The 16-year old Jelena Ostapenko since gotten amazing courage and she was so strong after poor start. However, the much more experienced Hungarian player quietly waited for chances in the second set, after 4:4 she broke the Latvian teen and smoothly won the last game.
At the beginning of the second match Timi had a game-point and two break-points, but her rival had a 2:0 lead. Marcinkevica became more and more agressive, and soon she had a 4:0 lead…Then Timi won a game, but after that she couldn’t have a chance in the first set.
At the beginning of the second set Marcinkevica again broke her opponent, and she hold the early lead till the end of the match. The young Latvian played as a top50 player, meanwhile Timi couldn’t lived with her break chances.
Marcinkevica won in 1 hour 16 minutes, unfortunately fully deserved.
The doubles matches did not lacked the excitement , luckily the more routine Hungarian pair won. They broke the opponent at the end of the first set, then the Latvians won the second set with a good performance.
In the third set Timi played very well, Réka Jani also had good shots, so they broke twice the opponent. It was decisive, so the home crowd had a chance to celebrate an important victory.
On Saturday the Hungarian Team will meet Great Britain.