26/09/2017 – Timi lost two games against the former Top50 player.
|TASHKENT OPEN (250 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 2)-Johanna Larsson (Swedish) 6:1, 6:1|
The match took 59 minutes at Tashkent.
“Of course I am very happy to win! Johanna is a good player and I must have to play well today. My tactics was good all the time, it worked great, so I’m happy. On Wednesday there will be singles and doubles, so I need a rest. I feel good at Tashkent, I like the court. I’m working hard for all week for the success” – said Timi.
The 29-year old Swedish player is currently only 89th in the world rankings, but her career best position was 45th (19 September, 2016). Last weekend she was a tournament winner in doubles in Seoul. Timi and Larsson have met four times so far, 2-2 was the balance.
In the Uzbek capital, the 24-year-old Hungarian youngster played steadily throughout, had a number of nice solutions. Timi won almost all the important rallies, giving Larsson no chance.
In the 31-minute first set, the Hungarian player started off very well! In the second game, Timi used her third cjance and broke Larsson to 40, then after 3:0, she won her opponent’s service game to 15. The Swedish player hold her next service game at 5:0, and then led 40-15 as a receiver. The second seed saved both chance, and won her second set point.
At the beginning of the second set, after 1:1, Timi won her opponent’s serve to 40, then saved her own serve from a break point. The Hungarian player fought hard, making Larsson’s life uneasy. Timi won the fifth game to 15, and lost only a single rally in the next game.
Larsson did not give up, but she could only extend the duration of the match. Timi had a lot of winners and she finished the match with her fourth break point of the last game.
The next Hungarian player will meet Denisa Allertová in the second round at Tashkent.
The Czech player (born: 7 March, 1993) is 90th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 55th (21 March, 2016). Up to now, she has won 10 ITFs in singles: this year she remained unbeaten in Zhuhai (China, 60 000 USD, hard court), also was semifinalist in Olomouc (Czech Republic, 80 000 USD, clay) and Prague (Czech Republic, 80 000 USD, clay).