21/06/2019 – After losing the second set from a break, Timi hold her break advantage in the final act.
|ILKLEY TROPHY (100 000 USD, GRASS), SINGLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Babos Tímea-Beatriz Haddad Maia (brazil) 7:6 (11-9), 4:6, 6:4|
The match lasted 2 hour and 30 minutes.
In the 51-minute first set, both players served well, and there was no break point till the tie-break.
The tie-break then brought many turns. Haddad Maia start with a receiver’s point, then Timi replied with two breaks. The Hungarian player led to 5-3, but at 6-5 faced a set point. Timi could have finished the opening act at 7-6 and 8-7, but at 9-8, Haddad Maia served for th eset. Timi broke twice, and after 10-9 she finished the first set with a great point.
The first part of the 56-minute second act was encouraging, unfortunately the sequel was a turning point. Timi took advantage of her third chance after 2:2, winning the opponent’s serve to 40. In the next game, she defeated four brpoints, but eventually couldn’t save the game.
After 5:4 Haddad Maia led 40-0 as a receiver and finished the second act with the third chance.
The decisive set did not lack the excitement: a single break decided the fate of the QF. Timi won the Brazilian player’s game to 30 after 1:1, and retained this advantage until the end of the match. Int he eight game it was 40-40, but Haddad Maia never had a break point in the third set.
Timi’s opponent will be Bibiane Schoofs in the semifinal.
The Dutch player (born: 13 May, 1988) is 177th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 142nd (11 June, 2012). Schoofs has so far won 8 ITF tournaments in singles.