Monterrey: Timi finalist in singles, again

Monterrey: Timi finalist in singles, again

2017 BNP PARIBAS OPEN,Indian Wells,CA Timea Babos (HUN) Photo Ray Giubilo

07/04/2018 – The Hungarian player broke her opponent four times after the bad first set.

 

ABIERTO GNP SEGUROS (250 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, SEMIFINAL
Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 4)-Sachia Vickery (American) 1:6, 6:2, 6:2

 

The match lasted 1 hour 38 minutes in Monterrey.

 

“Of course, I am very happy with today’s victory! Especially after such a bad first set. It was difficult. I’m so proud of fighting so I came back to the game! At the beginning I did not really feel the opponent’s game, I did not feel the speed and height of her balls. But I’m really happy to see the tiger mode come out again, so I’ve been fighting and playing better. I’m happy for the final” – said Timi.

 

Timi has played QF in 2012, 2013 and 2017, for the first time winning the Mexican competition. This time, she will also have the chance to raise the trophy, after the badly managed first set, she has done her tasks well.

 

In the 24-minute opening set, Vickery was very confident, she broke her opponent to 30 in the second game. The she saved two break points. In the next game, she won her opponent’s serve to 40, then jumped to a 5:0 lead. Timi hold the next own game from a set point, but did not had a chance after 5:1. Although, saved another two set points.

 

The 38-minute second act brought a joyful turn. Timi made huge efforts to focus on serves and took the control after 2:2. She won the fifth game in a huge battle, and then won her opponent’s serve to 40, after Vickery led 40-0. After that, the Hungarian player won her own game to 15, then broke the rival to 30.

 

The decisive set was almost a perfect copy of the second act. The two players went along till 2:2, then Timi won the next game in a big battle. In the sixth game, the Hungarian player also led to 40-15, then took advantage of his third break chance.

 

At the end, the semifinal was unilateral. Timi won the seventh game to 0, and as a receiver, she did not lose a rally. This is her second singles final in 2018, and eight final of her career.

 

Timi’s opponent on Sunday will be the first seed and former World No1 Garbiñe Muguruza (born: 8 October, 1993). The Spanish star is now World No3, so far Muguruza has won 2 Grand Slam events (2016: Roland Garros, 2017: Wimbledon), 3 WTA Tour and 7 more ITF tournaments.

 

The two players have met four times in the past at the pro events: Muguruza won in Mestre in 2011 2:6, 7:5, 6:3, in 2016 in Doha 6:2, 7:5, in Stuttgart 6:2, 6:2 and then in Cincinnati 6:4, 6:3.