16/09/2017 – The Hungarian player broke her opponent a total of five times.
|COUPE BANQUE NATIONALE (250 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), SINGLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 3)-Françoise Abanda (Canadian) 6:3, 6:2|
The match took 1 hour 13 minutes in Quebec.
“This was a definite and good match, it was a good win! I’m glad! At the beginning of the first set I had chances, but I could not live with them. Then at 3: 3 I finally broke her and then I had the control of the match. In the second set, after 4: 0 I made a mistake in the match and My opponent played better, since she had nothing to loose. That is why it was not easy to close the quarter-final, but eventually I got the victory. I’m happy 🙂 Today was a very good mood in the arena” – said Timi.
The 24-year-old Hungarian player was the favourite of the QF, and she celebrated a confident triumph againt the local hero.
At the start of the 33-minute first set, Timi missed a big chance … In the third game she led 40-0 as a receiver and had a total of four break points. However, she did not lived with them, and the two players went along till 3:3.
In the seventh game, Timi again receiver well and this time, she won the second chane. This has also determined the next section of the match. The Hungarian player managed to get better and she did not give Abanda any chance.
After 5:3, Timi got into two break points and she used the second option.
The start of the second set was decisive for the fate of the QF. The Hungarian player broke Abanda twice, both times to 30. So she jumped to a 4:0 lead. However, the Canadian player did not give up, she was struggling for success. Though Timi was able to saved four break point, but finally she lost her service game…
Abanda then won her own serve, and after 4:2, she had a break point. Timi saved that game after a great battle, then reached a match point in the next game. Abanda saved this, but it was not enough. Timi won the second match point, so she reached the last four.
On Saturday, the Hungarian youngster will play her second semifinal in singles in 2017.
Timi’s opponent will be the first seed, World No33 Lucie Šafářová (born: 4 February, 1987). The Czech player has a career best position of 5th (14 September, 2015). Up to now, she has won 7 WTA and 7 ITF competitions in singles In 2015, she was a finalist at the Roland Garros, and reached the semifinal in 2014 at Wimbledon. This year, she played in the final at the Hungarian capital (250 000 USD, indoor carpet). She was semifinalist in Taipei (Taiwan, 250 000 USD, hard court), at Nottingham (England, 250 000 USD, grass) and in Birmingham (England, 885 040 USD, grass).
Timi and Safarova have met three times so far: the Czech player won in Eastbourne in 2012 3:6, 6:3, 7:6 and in 2014 at the US Open 6:4, 7:5. This year at the final in Budapest Timi triumphed 6:7, 6:4, 6:3.