16/10/2017 – After the easy opening act, Timi served for the victory in the second set.
|VTB KREMLIN CUP (790 208 USD, INDOOR CARPET), SINGLES, ROUND 1|
|Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarussian)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 1:6, 7:6 (7-3), 6:4|
The match lasted 2 hours 11 minutes in Moscow.
Timi won against Sasnovich in 2014, in Poitiers, 6:7, 6:2, 7:6, and in 2015, at Cincinnati, 7:6, 6:4. And the match in Moscow was also close and tight. Unfortunately, this time the Belarussian player was delighted at the end.
Timi played very well in the 30-minute opening act. In the second game, the Hungarian player won her opponent’s serve to 30, then hold her serve from 15-40, saving a total of three break points. After that, Timi broke Sasnovich again to 30, then won her next service game to 15. In the seventh game, the Hungarian player lost no rally behind her own serve.
Unfortunately, the 58-minute second act brought a big change. Sasnovich played much more accurately and quietly, while Timi made more mistakes and seemed tense. The Belarussian player broke her opponent to 0 after 1:0, then saved her service game from two break points.
After 0:3, Timi again took control, winning the next three games equally to 15. Then, after 3:4, the Hungarian player hold her serve from 15-40, then broke Sasnovich to 30. Unfortunately, in the next game, Timi did not played well, she lost her serve to 0. She already served for the victory…
The fate of the set was decided by the tie-break. Sasnovich was much more precise and calm, winning three receiver’s point and made only a single mistake behind her own serves.
Timi led in the first half of the final set, but she struggled behind the serves. In the seventh game, she had three chances for a 4:3 lead, but without success. Then, Sasnovich had a break point and she made it…
After that, the Belarussian player easily hold her next two service games, and she reached the last 16.