22/02/2015 – Timi got into the second qualifying round of the 731,000 USD WTA tournament in Doha, after her opponent, Marina Erakovic retired from the match in the second set.
The Hungarian player then led 6:3, 3:0. Timi’s next opponent on Sunday will be the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova.
|QATAR TOTAL OPEN (731 000 USD, HARD COURT), QUALIFYING, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 6:3, 3:0 – Erakovic retired|
Last year the 21-year old Hungarian player in Birmingham and few weeks ago in Sydney won smoothly against Erakovic. And this time also, althought the New Zealandish player is ranked higher, than Timi. Erakovic is ranked 74th, while the Hungarian player is ranked 92nd.
At the beginning of the 35-minute first set Timi broke her rival to 0, then jumped to a 3:0 lead. After that Erakovic saved break points, but had no chance to equalize. In the ninth game Timi won her service game to 15.
At the beginning of the second set Timi broke again her opponent to 0, then won her rival’s service game to 40, at 2:0. After that Erakovic retired from the match.
Timi’s opponent in the second round of qualifying will be Kateryna Kozlova. The 21-year old Ukrainian player in the first round of quali won 6:2, 6:2 against the World No 39 Mona Barthel.
Kozlova is currently ranks 132nd. Her career best was 124 (2 February 2015). So far she has won four ITF singles competition.