30/09/2017 – Kateryna Bondarenko is celebrating the second title in at the WTA Tour.
|TASHKENT OPEN (250 000 DOLLAR, HARD COURT), SINGLES, FINAL|
|Katerina Bondarenko (Ukrainian)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 2) 6:4, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 27 minutes at Tashkent.
“I’m sorry for this match because it was a great chance! I was too nervous … Of course My heart hurts and I’m sad. But the final is still a good result. Tomorrow I will certainly feel better” – said Timi.
For the third time this year, the Hungarian player reached a singles final at the WTA Tour, and it was her sixth career final at this level. She triumphed in 2012 in Monterrey (Mexico) and this February in Budapest (Hungary).
Bondarenko started well the 40-minutes opening act, but Timi saved her serve from a break point in the first and third game. Then, after 3:2, the Hungarian youngster had a total of three break points after 15-40, but her opponent saved all of them, finally with a bad umpire decision.
Unfortunately, it soon proved to be a decisive one. At 3:3, Bondarenko broke the second seed, after 40-15…Then, at 5:4, Timi saved a set point, but could not do that with the second chance.
The first part of the second act was very poor for the Hungarian player. She lost her serve three times, to 30, to 15, and then to 40. Timi also broke Bondarenko twice, she came back from 1:4, to 3:4. But after that, the Ukrainian player served very well, she did not gave a chance. She lost only two rallies in the last two service game.
The 31-year old Kateryna Bondarenko played her second WTA Tour final in singles, and she triumphed also in 2008 at Birmingham.