Quebec: Timi finalist in singles!

Quebec: Timi finalist in singles!

16/09/2017 – The Hungarian player was impressive behind the serves against the top seed.

 

COUPE BANQUE NATIONALE (250 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), SINGLES, SEMIFINAL
Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 3)-Lucie Šafářová (Czech, 1) 7:6 (10-8), 6:4

 

The match took 1 hour 41 minutes in Quebec City.

 

The Hungarian player played a singles semifinal for the second time this year: in February, she won 7:5, 6:1 at the WTA tournament in Budapest against Julia Goerges. At the end of the event, Lucie Šafářová was her opponent, and the audience was celebrating a 6:7, 6:4, 6:3 Hungarian success.

 

In Quebec there was also a huge match between Timi and her Czech opponent. The 101-minute match was excellent. In the 52-minute first set, Timi surely won her service games till 5:5. After that, she hold her serve to 40, this was the first time, that the Czech star won three rallies as a receiver.

 

Šafářová was even better. The first seed won her first four service games without losing a single point. Then, she won the next game to 30. But at 6:5, she was in trouble. Timi had a set point as a receiver, but without success. So it was 6:6.

 

The tie-break was a little crime. At the beginning, Timi twice led with a break, then after 3-2, she jumped to a 6-3 lead. Unfortunately, she did not use any of the set point. The Hungarian youngster led 7-6, when Šafářová won two service points. Timi saved that chance, then won her next service point. And she finished the set, with a receiver’s rally!

 

The second set was also very tight. The Czech player started to serve and till 3:3, she was always ahead. Then came the decisive game! Timi had two break point at 15-40 and now, she won her opponent’s serve to 30. Then she hold her serve to 40, after 40-15. At 5:3, Timi had four match point, but the top seed saved all of them. So, Šafářová kept her chance.

 

In the last game, however, Timi was confident, and finished the semifinal after 40-15. The Hungarian player served very well: she had 10 aces, and 2 double faults. And she did not face a single break point.

 

The Hungarian player’s opponent will be Alison Van Uytvanck in Sunday’s final.

 

The Belgian player, born (26 March, 1994), is 98th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 41 (26 October, 2015). So far, she has won 10 ITFs in singles, and in 2015 she reached the quarter-final at the Roland Garros. Van Uytvanck played this final in Ilkley this year (England, 100 000 USD, grass).

The two players have once met each other at WTA Tour: in 2015, at the Indian Wells qualies Van Uytvanck won 6:4, 6:2.