03/02/2018 – The 4th seed Hungarian player broke the opponent once in both sets.
|TAIWAN OPEN (250 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), SINGLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 4)-Yafan Wang (Chinese) 6:3, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 30 minutes in Taipei.
“I’m really happy with my singles performance for today,” – Timi told the press afterwards. “It was definitely a tough match with Yafan, she’s a really good player, so I’m happy with the way I played, I’m happy with the way I managed the tough moments. We had some very long games, a lot of break points, a lot of tough moments. But I won all of the tough moments, so it just showed that I always made the right decisions, and I’m happy for that.”
|TAIWAN OPEN (250 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Nao Hibino, Oksana Kalashnikova (Japanese, Georgian)-Tímea Babos, Hao-Ching Chan (Hungarian, Taiwanese, 1) 6:2, 6:2|
The doubles match lasted 58 minutes in Taiwan.
The Hungarian youngster played for her 7th career singes WTA Tour final and she reached at the Taiwan Open after a close battle.
At the beginning of the 36-minute first set, Timi saved two break points then won Wang’s serve to 0. After that, Timi handed that advantage very well, bringing own games twice to 0, then to 15. In the end, after 5:3, she brought the service game to 40.
The second act brought an even greater battle. Wang, who twice defeated the Hungarian play in 2015, had done all she could to succeed, several times was in a promising position. Timi saved a total of four break points in the second game, then another two after 1:2.
The Hungarian player had the first chance in the fifth game and she lived with it, broke the opponent to 15. Timi was very good at concentrating on her own serves and did not give Wang a chance. After 5:4, it was 30-30, and she finished the match with the next two rally.
In the Sunday final Kateryna Kozlova will be Timi’s opponent.
The Ukrainian player (born: 20 February, 1994) is 85th in the world rankings, her career best position was 71th (25 September, 2017). Kozlova has won 1 WTA125s and 5 ITF competitions.
The two players have met once: in 2015 at Doha Kozlova won 6:2, 6:4.