20/03/2019 – Timi came back in both sets after the early breaks, but in the end of the sets Kanepi was better again.
|MIAMI OPEN (9 035 428 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, QUALIFYING, ROUND2|
|Kaia Kanepi (Estonian, 7)-Tímea Babos (23) 6:3, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Kanepi started the match very well and got a 4:0 advantage in 12 minutes. The Estonian player broke her opponent to 30 in the opening game and after 2:0 she lost only one rally. Kanepi won her own game to 0 and 15.
Timi brought her serve to 0 in the fifth game, and then won Kanepi’s game to 40 after 5:2. Unfortunately, the routine Estonian player immediately responded with a broke so the opening act ended.
Unfortunately, the sequel wasn’t better either… After 2:1, Kanepi won Timi serve after a big battle, taking advantage of his third break chance. After that, the Estonian player won her serve to 15, pulling out to a 4:1 lead. In the next few minutes, Timi was the better, she hold her serve to 0, and then won her opponent’s serve to 15.
Kanepi then led 40-0 as a receiver, and had a fourt break chance also. The Hungarian player struggled and finally won the game. Unfortunately, in the next two games, Kanepi lost only 2-2 rallies, broke to 30 after 5:4, so she reached the main draw at the Miami Open.
In doubles, Timi is seeded second with Mladenovic: their opponent in the first round will be Julia Georges (Germany) and Simona Halep (Romania).