St. Petersburg: a great fight and victory in the qualies

St. Petersburg: a great fight and victory in the qualies

08/02/2020 – Timi came back from a break down in the 2nd and 3rd set.

Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 5)-Kamilla Rakhimova (Russian) 3:6, 6:4, 7:6 (7-5)


The match lasted 2 hour and 20 minutes.


In the 34-minute first set, Rakhimova had a great serve, giving no chance to the break. And the Russian player as a receiver was dangerous, and that gave her the result … Timi turned the second game out of 30-40 but lost her serve after 2:3. In the next boom, she reached only 40-40 as a receiver (2:5).


The Russian player finished the opening act after 5:3 to 30.


The 42-minute second set didn’t start easily either. After 1:1 Rakhimova broke to 40 after the opponent’s 40-15 lead. Fortunately, Timi responded immediately, winning her rival’s serve to 40. Then, until 5:4, the Hungarian player always led, then she broke again, this time to 30. The deciding set came!


Rakhimova started the third act brilliantly: she broke from 40-30 and then saved her serve from 30-40. After 3:2, the Russian player couldn’t hold her serve, Timi brought this game to 30.


After that there was no another break ball, until 6:6 Timi always led. The tie-break came, with few turns.


The Hungarian player immediately lost her serve, then turned from 0-1 to 3-1. Then Rakhimova won another receiving point and led 4-3. Timi then brought both of her serve and the score was soon 5-5. Then the Hungarian player broke again and closed the match behind her own serve.


Timi’s opponent will be Lyudmila Samsonova int he match for the main draw.


The Russian player (born: 11 November, 1998) is 114th in the World Rankings, the best position in her career. Samsonova has won 4 ITF tournaments in Singles.