29/09/2017 – Timi again won in two sets in the Uzbek capital.
|TASHKENT OPEN (250 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 2)-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) 6:1, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour and 6 minutes in Tashkent.
“It was tough, Sabalenka hit very big shots in the match! For a while I played very well and then I turned back from the intensity. And that was a huge mistake, My opponent came back to the match. But in the end I managed to won the semifinal. Of course, I am very happy to be a finalist again in singles” – said Timi.
Timi played her third singles semifinal on the WTA Tour in 2017, in Budapest and Quebec City she reached the final. This time, the 24-year old Hungarian player again triumphed, but her aggressive opponent did not put her hands up in a seemingly hopeless situation.
In the 22-minute opening act, Timi served and received very well, her opponent had no chance. In the second game, she broke Sabalenka to 30, used her second chance. Then, the Hungarian player hold her serve to 15, and to 30.
Then, after 4: 1, Timi broke the Belarussian teen to 15, also for with the second chance. Then, Timi had three set point behind her own serve and won that game to 30.
The first part of the second set was just like a dream. Timi broke her opponent to 40 and 15, she jumped to a 4:0 lead. It seemed, the semifinal will last only for minutes, but Sabalenka did not give up.
After 4:1, the Belarussian player won her opponent’s serve to 30, and after 4:3, she had a great opportunity. At 15-0, Timi slipped and slammed her ankle and then got into trouble. Sabalenka had two break points, but the Hungarian player equaled with a huge fight and then won the game.
After that, Timi had two match points as a receiver, but Sabalenka saved both of them with an ace, then with a winner. The Belarussian player eventually hold her serve, then saved the next match point with another winner, at 40-15. But Timi live with the next chance, after Sabalenka missed her shot.
In the final, the Hungarian player’s opponent will be Kateryna Bondarenko (born: 8 August, 1986). The Ukrainian player is 133rd in the world rankings, with a career best position of 29th (12 October, 2009). Bondarenko has so far won 1 WTA and 5 ITF events in singles. She reached the QF at the US Open in 2009, this is her best results in singles at a Grand Slam tournament.
The two players have met twice at the WTA Tour in singles: in 2015 the Ukrainian player won in Antwerp (6:3, 3:6, 6:3), then few weeks later Timi triumphed in Monterrey (7:5, 2:6, 6:4).