06/06/2016 – Timi started in 2010 at the Youth Olympics, then two years later in London Olympic Games.
With the Roland Garros the Olympic qualification race is ended in tennis, so many players have been happy about the fact that he/she will count with the Rio participation. In singles, 56 player reached the main draw by the ATP/WTA Ranking, with a maximum of four per country. A separate matter and an important factor in the Davis/Fed Cup appearance as well.
Timi is ranked 45th, so she definitely can be regarded as a singles participant in Brazil.
– What does it mean to you that after the Singapore Youth Olympic Games and London Olympics you will be able to play in Rio?
– Obviously I’m very happy! Earlier this year, I did not think that I can be so easily advance for the Olympics, I will not have to fight to the last moments, as a top50 player I will reach the qualification. I had great memories in London and Singapore Olympics! Especially in London, where I was at the Opening Ceremony, and in the first line. And there was the Olympic village, I meet and got to know other athletes. This is a very good thing, because tennis is a kind of “lonely” sport. I’m really glad that I could be in Rio!
– What kind of fond memories you keep from the previous two events?
– In Singapore, I met one of my best friends. It’s a memorable experience. From London I have funny memories: when we went to the Opening Ceremony, I was gathered by the the handball national team, it was around seven or eight, nearly two-meter players, I almost could not see out 🙂 As if a wall would have taken around 🙂 We talked and laughed a lot! Overall, it was one of the greatest experiences that an athlete get to know, in such a young age.
– What is your competition and preparation program before the Rio Olympics?
– Next week I will play in Birmingham, and then follows Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Then probably Stanford, Montreal, Florianopolis, and then the Olympics. In fact, before the Olympics I will have a lot of tournaments, so now this is not the priority. I am glad that today I become an official Olympic participant! Obviously, then, as we approach the Olympics, it will also get the main role. But now the grass court season is the most important, I will try to do everything, to play better on that surface.
Timi was fourth in singles and bronze medalist with An-Sophie Mestach from Belgium in doubles at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics. Two years in London she reached the second round in singles and played a close match alongside Ágnes Szávay in doubles against the 2012 Wimbledon finalist Czech pair (Andrea Hlavackova-Lucie Hradecka).
TÍMEA BABOS RESULTS IN LONDON AND SINGAPORE:
|07.27-08.12. – XXX. OLYMPIC GAMES (WIMBLEDON, GREAT BRITAIN) , GRASS, SINGLES|
|First||Galina VOSKOBOEVA (Kazakh)||6:4, 6:2|
|Second||Angelique KERBER (German)||1:6, 1:6|
|DOUBLES – with ÁGNES SZÁVAY|
|First||A. HLAVACKOVA, L. HRADECKA (Czech)||1:6, 7:6 (7-5), 2:6|
|08.15.-08.21. – SINGAPORE (SINGAPORE) – YOUTH OLYMPICS – HARD COURT|
|First||Sofiya KOVALETS (Ukrainian)||6:1, 6:2|
|Second||Chantal SKAMLOVA (Slovakian)||7:5, 6:3|
|Quarterfinal||Julia PUTINCEVA (Russian)||6:1, 6:3|
|Semifinal||ZHENG Saisai (Chinese)||4:6, 1:6|
|For third place||Jana CEPELOVA (Slovak)||2:6, 5:7|
|DOUBLES – with An-Sophie MESTACH (Belgian)|
|First||N. RASOLOMALALA, Z. RAZAFIMATRATRA (Madagaskar)||6:1, 6:3|
|Quarterfinal||ISHIZU S., E. MUTAGUCHI (Japanese)||4:6, 6:3, 14-12|
|Semifinal||TANG H., ZHENG S. (Chinese)||6:3, 3:6, 7-10|
|For third place||D. GAVRILOVA, J. PUTINTSEVA (Russian)||6:2, 6:2|