It’s official: Timi & Kiki will play at the WTA Finals

It’s official: Timi & Kiki will play at the WTA Finals

03/10/2015 – Timi will be the first Hungarian, who will play at the year-ending Chmapionships in Women’s Doubles.

 

“I waited for days for that moment, when WTA confirm our appearance at the tournament! I am very happy, it is a huge success! At the beginning of the season We had that goal, We wanted to reach the WTA Finals. Although We not reached our other goal, We couldn’t won a Grand Slam tournament, but we have achieved great successes with Kristina. She did not play in the WTA Finals so far, so of course she is also happy! On the other hand, a Hungarian player never played in the doubles event of the year-ending championships, I could be the first. It is very honorable and motivating! Thanks for everyone who is support Me! Thank you, Thomas, my family, all the people close to me. And of course thanks, My Dear Fans!!!”– Timi said happily.

 

The Hungarian-French pair is ranked 5th in the Doubles Race for Singapore.

 

At the WTA Finals the eight best pair of the 2015 season will start.

 

Last February the Hungarian-French double played a final in Paris in the indoor WTA tournament. Then Timi and Kristina decided shortly before the Wimbledon event, that they will play constantly together. They were finalist at the Grand Slam tournament, and after that in Cincinnati and Limoges.

 

“Before the 2015 season the girls set themselves two main goals. They wanted to qualify for the WTA Finals at Singapore and they wanted to win a Grand Slam event. The Grand Slam did not succeed, but they celebrated huge successes together. We knew for a long time, that Timi is a great doubles player. She won three junior Grand Slam titles, she had many great results. Then, she won many events at the WTA Tour, for a long time, she played with different partners week by week. We can be proud of this success, with the WTA Finals appearance, such as the Hungarian tennis”– said Timi’s father and former coach, the chief of the Timi Team, Csaba Babos.

 

Of course, it was a very long road to the WTA Finals, with a lot of difficulty. But, it was also a very successful road, starting in juniors. Of course, she celebrated the biggest triumphs at the Grand Slam events. In 2009 she was a finalist at the Roland Garros with Heather Watson and in 2010 at the Australian Open, with Gabrieal Dabrowski. Then, came three titles in 2010: at the Roland Garros, at Wimbledon and at the US Open, every time with Sloane Stephens.

 

Then, from 2012 Timi celebrated huge wins at the WTA Tour. At Birmingham she triumphed with the Taiwanese Su Wei Hsieh. In the final they defeated the World No1 pair, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, in the final set they won from 4-8.

 

In the 2013 season Timi won five tournament: in Bogota and Marrakech with Mandy Minella from Luxembourg, in Monterrey with Kimiko Date-Krumm from Japan, in Suzhou with Michaella Krajicek from the Netherlands, and in Tashkent with Yaroslava Shvedova from Kazakhstan.

 

The beginning of the 2014 season was another big step, the first triumph at a Premier event. Timi and Lucie Safarova from the Czech Republic remained unbeaten in Sydney. The final was against the World No1 double, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Then the Hungarian youngster won in Kuala Lumpur with Hao Ching Chan from Chinese Taipei. Shortly after that came the big decision with Kristina Mladenovic.

 

This year Timi and her French partner won in Dubai, Marrakech and Rome. At the Italian capital they defeated in the final the best pair of the WTA Tour, Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza. Timi and Kiki this year reached the semifinal in Wimbledon. And, the Hungarian player was a finalist in Mixed Doubles with Alexander Peya from Austria.

 

HUNGARIAN APPEARANCES AT THE SEASON-ENDING EVENTS
Earlier, two legend represented Hungary at the season-ending tennis events.

 

Andrea Temesvári, who triumphed at the Roland Garros in 1986 with Martina Navratilova, played in singles in 1984 and 1985. Both times she lost in the last 16 at the Virginia Slims Championships.

 

Taróczy Balázs, who triumphed in 1981 at the Roland Garros and 1985 at Wimbledon with Heinz Guenthardt, played in 1981 (Volvo Masters), in 1984 (Volvo Masters) and in 1985 (Nabisco Masters) at the earlier version of the ATP World Tour Finals.

 

Between 1973 and 1986 there were an special doubles event, called Masters Doubles WCT (World Championship Tennis). Taróczy and his Swiss partner won that tournament in 1982, 1983 and 1985, they were also finalists in 1985.