Successful start in Ilkley

Successful start in Ilkley

ILKLEY, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Tímea Babos of Hungary reacts during her game against Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil during the Ilkley Trophy - Day Five at Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club on June 21, 2019 in Ilkley, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

19/06/2019 – After the relatevily easy opening act, Timi won the second set after a close battle.

ILKLEY TROPHY (100 000 USD, GRASS), SINGLES, ROUND 1
Tímea Babos (Hungarian)-Lesley Kerkhove (Dutch) 6:3, 7: 6 (7-4)

 

The match lasted 1 hour and 19 minutes.

 

In the first 27-minute set, the 26-year-old Hungarian player served confidently, and her opponent  had only two winning point in a game, at best. After 2:1 Timi won Kerkhove’s game after 30-15.

 

At the end of the set, the Hungarian player brought her own game to 30, using the second set point.

 

The second act was much closer. Timi won her serve from a break point at 1:2, then broke the Dutch payer after 3:3. Unfortunately, the next game was brought by Kerkhove to 40. Then the Dutch player did not lost a rally int he netxt two own game. Luckily, Timi has done well at this stage, also.

 

At the beginning of the tie-break, Timi won a receiver’s point, but the lost twice her serve. The Hungarian player improved in time, broke her opponent twice after 3-4, the won her next serves.

 

Timi’s opponent in the second round will be the 7th seeded Lin Zhu.

 

The Chinese player (born: 28 January, 1994) is 104th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 93rd (25 February, 2019). Lin Zhu has won 9 ITF tournaments in singles.

 

The two players have met once before: in 2013, Timi won 6:4, 6:4 in Suzhou (China).