Smooth success against the Olympic champion

Smooth success against the Olympic champion

07/04/2018 – Timi broke Puig a total of three times, and reached the SF in Monterrey after 2012.


Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 4)-Monica Puig (Puerto Rican, 5) 6:4, 6:2



The match lasted 1 hour and 6 minutes at Monterrey.


“I am very proud and happy that I managed to defeat the Rio Olympics champion! Monica Puig is a great player, she has proved this many times. I’m glad that the game went well. My serves worked so well, this is also proof that I did not have to save a break point. I have chosen good solutions for important points, and I’m happy to do it. I have great memories from Monterrey, this year’s tournament is also beautiful. In My next match I will meet an excellent opponent, too. I am looking forward to the semifinal, please cheer for Me” – said Timi.


Before the QF it seemed, that Timi will meet the most difficult opponent so far, but she reached the SF smoothly.


Puig was unbeatable in Rio in 2016, and she proved so many times, that she is an excellent player. Recently, she won three matches at the Miami Open, she beat Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sakkari. This time, however, the Hungarian player won with a good performance against the national hero of Puerto Rico.


In the first 32 minute opening act, the two player went along till 2:2, when Timi reached three break points at 0-40. The first chance was saved by Puig, but she did not know what to do with next opportunity. The Hungarian player served very well after 3:2, holding her own games to 15, to 40, and in the ninth game to 0.


Timi had 8 aces and 2 double faults, while her opponent 5 and 3. The excellent statistic of the Hungarian player’s also shows that she did not have to save a break point.


Timi’s next opponent will be the 7th seed Sachia Vickery. The American player won 6:0, 6:3 in the QF  against the second seeded Magdaléna Rybáriková (Slovakian, WTA-17).


Vickery, (born: 11 May, 1995) is 91st in the world ranking, with a career best position of 89th (19 March, 2018). Up to now she has won 2 ITFs in singles. At the beginning of this season she was semifinalist in Auckland (New Zealand, 250 000 USD, hard court). Recently she defeated Garbiñe Muguruza  2:6, 7:5, 6:1 at Indian Wells.


The two players have met twice: Timi won in New Haven in 2012, 2:6, 6:4, 6:4, while in Monterrey in 2015, 6:3, 6:1.