18/03/2019 – Timi came back from a set and a break down int he opening round.
|MIAMI OPEN (9 035 428 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, QUALIFYING, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 23)-Stefanie Voegele (Swiss) 3:6, 7:5, 6:4|
The match lasted 2 hours and 26 minutes.
„I am very, very happy, because people do not often win from a match point! I had to fight great, I played well with space. Perhaps Voegele is just a “top100 player”, but she played well in Dubai and Indian Wells. Recently defeated Sloane Stephen, qualifying for the third round, she has good results lately. I’m glad that I could fight and win. Obviously my game is getting better” – Timi said.
In the 36-minute first set, Voegele saved a break point after 2:2, then won her opponent’s game to 30. The Swiss player then retained her advantage, taking advantage of his third set point in the ninth game.
In the 53-minute second act, Voegele saved a break point at 1:2, and then lost only one rally in the seventh game, as a receiver. The Swiss player also led 5:3 when the big and decisive turn came!
In the ninth game, Timi saved a match point behind her own serve, and then broke to 30. After that, the Hungarian player won her game to 0, and in the next game she also led 40-0. Voegele hold all three chances, but Timi finally closed this act.
The first part of the third set was dreamlike, except for the opening game. Voegele broke to 0, but then Timi won five games in a row. The Hungarian player won her opponent’s service game twice to 15 and then to 30. But came a very difficult time…
Voegele broke to 30 and then to 40, and in the second receiver’s game she saved a match ball. Then, after 5:4, Timi struggled, her next two match balls were defended by her opponent, but the third chance had already decided the fate of the match.
The next opponent of the Hungarian player will be Kaia Kanepi, for the main draw.
The Estonian player (born: 10 June, 1985) is 89th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 15th (20 August, 2012). Kanepi has so far won 4 WTA Tour and 14 ITF competitions in singles. She was quarter-finalist at the Roland Garros in 2008 and 2012, at Wimbledon in 2010 and 2013, and at the US Open in 2010 and 2017.
The two players have met once before: in 2012, Kanepi won 7:5, 4:6, 7:6 in Copenhagen.