24/05/2016 – After 4:4 in the first set, Timi had not lost a game, won for the first time at the main draw in singles at Paris.
|ROLAND GARROS (GRAND SLAM EVENT, CLAY), WOMEN’S SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Samantha Crawford (USA) 6:4, 6:0|
The match lasted 54 minutes.
“I am very pleased that I managed to absolve today’s match! I started a little jittery in which the opponent “did not helped”, she hit great baseline shots and serves…It was a difficult start of the match, then I broke her. Then I screwed up a little bit. But I think that after that, I started to play really well. At 4:4 I “said” to Myself, you need to start playing. After that I started to play tennis with much more airy and loose. I managed to win eight games in a row. I am very happy to finally win a singles match at the main draw of the Roland Garros. That was not in my mind anyway, I only said this to Thomas when I trained after the match” – said Timi.
In the first part of the 33-minute opening set, both player served well. Up to 3:2, there was no break point, but then came the deciding part of the act. Timi won her opponent’s service game, she led 4:2. But Crawford came back strongly, she equalized to 4:4…
But then Timi had dominated the match! The Hungarian player hold her serve to 0, and after that she broke the US-opponent to 40. Thus ended an exciting opening act.
The second set was very smooth! Timi served and received very well. She faced no break point.
The Hungarian player won Crawford’s service game three time. First time to 0 (2:0), then to 30, and finally to 15.
Timi had 16 winners and 12 unforced errors, while Crawford’s stats are 11/18.
The 23-year old Hungarian player’s next opponent will be the former doubles partner. The 26th seeded Kristina Mladenovic is ranked 30th. Her career best position was 27 (28 September 2015). So far, she has won five ITF singles competition. In 2014 and 2015 she reached the third round at Roland Garros.
This year Mladenovic not excelled in singles, but last week was a semifinalist in Strasbourg (France, 250 000 USD, clay).
The Hungarian and French player has met four times in singles among adults: 3 times Mladenovic (2011: Irapuato – 3:6, 6:2, 6:3, 2013: Australian Open – 6:3,4:6, 11:9, 2015: s’Hertogenbosch – 7:6, 4:6, 6:2), 1 time Timi (2015: – Marrakech: 6:4, 6:4) celebrated.