12/03/2017 – Timi came back from a set and a break down against Lepchenko.
|BNP PARIBAS OPEN (7 669 423 USD), SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 25)-Varvara Lepchenko (US) 4:6, 7:6 (7-2), 6:2|
The match lasted 2 hours 57 minutes.
“It was an incredibly difficult and very long match. In fact, the first set was as it was … The conditions in Indian Wells do not favour Me. In addition, it’s difficult to start the first match at a Premier event. I am glad that I was able to came back from a set and a break down! I owe a lot to my coach Thomas, he gaves Me a lot of power and he also helped with the tactics. I am proud that I could win that match with a big fight. After such a long match, the most important thing is the regeneration. There were plenty of Hungarian fans on the stands, anyway at Indian Wells We have a lot is supporters. Today, it was an amazing experience to play here. Thank you all for your support!” – said Timi.
The 69-minute first set bring a lot of turns and great battles. In the opening game, Timi saved a total of 5 break points after 15-40, then she won the opponent’s serve to 30. But she immediately lost that lead, and she couldn’t broke Lepchenko after leading 40-0 as a receiver. (2:2).
In the seventh game, Timi saved another four break points, but after 4:4, she couldn’t won her service game from 40-0. The Hungarian player did not give up, she had two break points at 5:4, but finally, Lepchenko won the opening act.
The 59-minute second set did not start well for Timi… Lepchenko broke her at 1:1 to 30, then she led 3:1. Then the Hungarian youngster toot the control, and equalized to 3:3. After that, both player served very well, without big mistakes, until 6:6.
The tie-break was one-sided, fortunately. Timi won 4 rallies after 2-1, and finished the set behind her own serve.
The result of the final set may show a smooth game, but it was not the case. There were plenty more thrills and turns.
Iin the first game, Timi reached 40-40, and at 1:1 she broke Lepchenko after 40-0. Then, the Hungarian player hold her serve to 15, then she won the opponent’s service game to 30 (4:1).
It seemed that the match was decided, but the local player fought tremendously. In the sixth game, Timi saved two break points, then hold that important game. Then Lepchenko came back from 15-30, then saved a match point at 5:2. The US-player had a break point, but without success. Timi finished the match with the second chance, so she celebrated her first victory at the main draw at Indian Wells.
The Hungarian player’s next opponent is the 14th seed Elena Vesnina. The 30-year old Russian player is in 15th place in the world rankings, this is the best of her career so far. So far, she has won 2 WTA and 2 ITF tournament in singles. Last year, she reached the semifinal at Wimbledon!