07/04/2013 – Timi and Kimiko Date-Krumm reached the final in doubles at the Monterrey Open (235 000 USD), having won in two sets against Asia Muhammed and Allie Will.
The semi-final lasted 1 hour 14 minutes. In the final the Hungarian-Japanese dual will play against Czech Eva Birnerova and Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn.
|MONTERREY OPEN (235 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, SEMI-FINAL|
|Timea Babos, Kimiko Date-Krumm (Hungarian, Japanese, 1)-Asia Muhammed, Allie Will (USA) 7:5, 6:4|
“Unfortunately, Kimiko fought with back injury for days, but thankfully each day she played better and more importantly, that there is consistency between us! We would like to win:) I’m happy that we are in the final, because I play good tennis, other hand, closed hearts of the audience, I often hear my name from the audience. I hope tomorrow’s final ends with another tournament triumph at Monterrey! Support Me 🙂 ” – Timi said after the semi-final.
Timi was the singles winner last year at the Monterrey Open, and celebrated doubles triump in Birmingham with Hsieh Su-Wei. In January the 19-year-old Hungarian player was runner-up with Mandy Minella in Hobart, meanwhile in February they won the title in Bogota. Now, in the fifth WTA Tour final of her career came the fourth ultimate success.
The 19-year-old Hungarian tennis player had success in Mexico’s semifinal with Kimiko Date-Krumm after a more difficult than expected match.
The first seed Hungarian-Japanese duo began with a break and had a ball for a 2:0 lead, but the Americans eventually equalized and it was followed by three more games. Timi then grinded, but then again, Muhammed and Will was more accurate, so they had a 5-2 lead.
After it Timi and Date-Krumm fortunately recovered and turned over the set. In the twelfth game the first seed pair led to 40-0, and then won the third set ball. The first act lasted for 42 minutes.
There was a new turn in the second set. Muhammed and Will led 3:0, they served and received excellently. However, Timi and Kimiko again seized the initiative and equalized at 3:3.
The Americans once again hold their service game, but this was the last time they The Americans served again, but this was the last time they could be happy. The Hungarian-Japanese double finally took back the initiative and won the third match ball to reach the final
Timi is 60th in the doubles ranking, while Date-Krumm is 50th, but they will improve their positions.
The 42-year-old Japanese player reached her ninth WTA doubles finals: won in 1996 with Ai Sugiyama in Tokyo, in 2011 in Osaka, with Chiang Shuai, in 2012 in Copenhagen,with Rika Fujiwara and in this year in February at Pattaya City with Casey Dellacqua.