30/01/2018 – The Hungarian-Taiwanese pair came back from a set down.
|TAIWAN OPEN (250 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), DOUBLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos, Hao Ching Chan (Hungarian, Taiwanese, 1)-Anna Blinkova, Magda Linette (Russian, Polish) 3:6, 6:0, 10-5|
The match lasted 1 hour 9 minutes in Taipei City.
“Of course, it’s very difficult for Me not to travel home after a Grand Slam to share My amazing experiences and joy with My family and friend. But I know what I want and what I’m aiming for. So it is perfectly appropriate for Me to go to the Taiwan Open. I feel good about the game, I hope to be successful in singles, too. And why not win another tournament in doubles? Travelling is always tiresome: Australia and Taiwan are not close, the whole trip is seventeen hours. That’s enough. Fortunately, the race director and the chief umpire have given me permission to start on Wednesday only. It’s good to play just the doubles on Tuesday, I can feel the environment better. The three-hour time differance, the jetlag is even more pleasant. I can sleep early because I am tired in the evening and then it’s not so difficult to start the day in the morning. That’s good. But obviously I’ve been tired of the past two weeks, physically and especially mentally. But this is the last week of this long tour. Of course, I still want to release the maximum I still have. We’ll see what’s going to be enough. I hope so much” – said Timi.
The Hungarian youngster played a decisive final in the Mixed Doubles at the Australian Open on Sunday. Few hours after finishing the Melbourne jobs, she had a long flight to Taipei City to reach the Taiwan Open.
The 24-year old Hungarian player has joined the doubles event with an old partner, with whom she won the Malaysian Open in 2014.
The start this time was, however, surprisingly difficult. In the first 32-minute set, Blinkova and Linette won three times their opponent’s serve, easily closed the opening act.
The 24-minute second set showed a different picture. Timi and Chan took control, broke the rival to 30, to 0, then to 30, again. In the end, the Hungarian-Taiwanese pair won the sixth game from 15-40.
Fortunately, tie-break did not make any difference: Tímea Babos and her Taiwanese teammate lost only a single rally behind the serves. They the Russian-Polish pair three times, so they reached the QF.