13/06/2016 – The US player came back from 0-3 in the tie-break, then won the second set after a great battle.
|AEGON CLASSIC (846 000 USD, GRASS), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Madison Keys (US, 7)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 7:6 (7-3), 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 27 minutes.
The last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finalist, World No16 Keys started very well in the 49-minute first set. In the second game the US-player broke her opponent to 0, then she moved to a 3:0 lead. After that, Timi slowly “woke up”, but for a long time she had no chance as a receiver.
In the tenth game, at 5:4, Keys had two set points. But without success, and the Hungarian youngster equalized to 5:5.
Few minutes later came the tie-break, where Timi led 3-0. But then Keys won seven rallies in a row…
At the beginning of the second set Keys won her opponent’s service game after a great battle, she jumped to a 2:1 lead. But after 3:1, Timi played better and better, she won three games.
But the next turn-around was crucial. Keys broke Timi at 4:4 to 15, then she lost only one rally in the next game. So she advanced to the second round.
Timi will also play in doubles in Birmingham: due Yaroslava Svedova’s Mallorcan appearance, the partner will be Oksana Kalashnikova. The first opponent of the Hungarian-Georgian pair will be the wild-cardist duo of Johanna Konta and Elina Svitolina.