22/02/2017 – Timi broke the opponent twice in the first, and three times in the second set.
|HUNGARIAN LADIES OPEN (250 000 USD, INDOOR), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 1)-Ipek Soylu (Turkish) 6:3, 6:2|
The match lasted 1 hour 18 minutes in the BOK Hall in Budapest.
“Finally I played at home court again and I am delighted to win it! I feel like I was playing a positive match. In the important situations, I made the right decisions, I won these points in high percent. I can be satisfied with the serves. I also feel, that it a positive thing that I just managed to win for the first time this year on the WTA Tour, in singles, behind the home crowd. Thanks for the cheering. I hope, the crowd will be even bigger in the coming days “– said Timi.
Finally. After the two success in the Fed Cup in Tallinn, Timi celebrated a singles victory in 2017 at the WTA Tour.
But it was not easy. The doubles specialist Ipek Soylu showed some good solutions at the court, sometimes, she surprised her opponent. The Turkish youngster had nice pints, but she had no chance against the local player.
Timi served pretty effectively, for most period of the match. She had dangerous returns, backhands and forehands. She broke Soylu a total of five times.
In the 40-minute first set, Timi began with a break. Then, she led 4:3, when came the first crucial period. Soylu had three break points after 0-40, but without success. The Hungarian player saved the game, then won her opponent’s serve again.
At the beginning of the second set Timi led 2:1, then suddenly lost her serve. But, she came back with the fourth break, and this was a good position. And after 4:2, she broke Soylu again, and few moments later, she finished the match.
Timi’s next opponent will be the World No148, Anna Blinkova. This is career high for the Russian player (born: 10 September 1998). Blinkova was finalist in 2015 at the junior event at Wimbledon. So far, she has won 2 ITF events in singles. In Budapest, she went throgh the qualies, and won against Naomi Broady, 6:1, 6:7, 6:3.