Timi fought well and bravely, but Pliskova won

Timi fought well and bravely, but Pliskova won

19/08/2015 – The World No 8 and 7th seed Karolina Pliskova won in two sets against Timi in the second round of the Cincinnati WTA event, Western & Southern Open.

The match lasted 1 hour and 42 minutes. In doubles Timi and Kristina Mladenovic won a three sets thriller against Karin Knapp and Roberta Vinci, so they advanced to the quarter-final.


Karolina Pliskova (Czech, 8)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 6:4, 7:5



Tímea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic (Hungarian, French, 2)-Karin Knapp, Roberta Vinci (Italian) 2:6, 6:3, 10-7


“Unfortunately, today there is nothing to beautify … It is true that my opponent was a top10 player, but I think it could have won! But today We played in a massive, hurricane-force wind, that’s why I lost my serve so many times…And she also often lost her service game…I fought back many times, I came back to the match, but failed to win. Sorry! But it was a good week in singles :)) In the doubles We had a tough opponent, and We played after a singles defeat…But We wanted to win, and We managed to do it :))” – Timi said.


At the beginning of the 50-minute first set Timi was the first, who had a break advantage. She won the opponent’s serve to 40. But after that she couldn’t hold that lead, she lost her serve twice.


But Timi fought and struggled, she fought hard for the success. She came back twice from a break down, but unfortunately she couldn’t hold her service game after 4:3 and 5:4. So Pliskova won the interesting opening act…


At the beginning of the second set Timi again won the Czech player’s serve, and then she had a 2:0 lead. But Pliskova came back, she broke to 40, then she saved a break point.


And it was very close match. Pliskova led 3:2 with a break, but Timi came back. After that both player hold the serve, till 6:5.


And the Hungarian player couldn’t saved the match…In the last game Pliskova played good tennis, she easily broke the opponent, and advanced to the 3rd round at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.


After a mandatory rest break and a short rain interval Timi played doubles with her constant partner, Kristina Mladenovic. And they played an interesting match with Karin Knapp and Roberta Vinci.


In the 28-minute opening set the 2nd seed pair played very badly at the break points. They lost twice their serve, and they couldn’t lived with the receiver’s chances…


The second set brought a turnaround. Timi and Mladenovic quickly broke the opponent, but they lost that lead after 3:1. Fortunately, they broke the Italian pair in the next game to 40. And this time, it was enough.


So came, the Champion’s Tie-break. Timi and Kiki began very badly. They lost two serve, and the opponent led 4-0…But the Hungarian-French duo fought back to 5-5, then they jumped to a 9-6 lead.


Knapp and Vinci won a point, but Timi and Mladenovic finished the match with a receiver’s point!
The second seed pair will meet Chuang Chia-Jung and Hsieh Su-Wei in the quarter-final.


Chuang is ranked 62nd, her career best position was 5 (18 August 2008). So far, she has won 21 WTA and 35 ITF tournament. In 2007, she was a finalist with Chan Yung-Jan at the Australian Open and US Open. This year, she was a tournament winner at Strasbourg (France, 250,000 USD, clay, Co: Chen Liang).


Hsieh is ranked 20th, her career best was No1 (12 May 2014) was. So far, she has won 17 WTA and 20 ITF event, in 2012 she was the Champion with Timi at Birmingham. Hsieh won two Grand Slam tournaments: in 2013 at Wimbledon and in 2014 at the Roland Garros, both times with Suai Peng. They were the Champions of the WTA Finals in 2013. This year Hsieh was a finalist in Doha (Qatar, 731,000 USD, hard court, Co: Sania Mirza) and Brisbane (Australia, 1,000,000 USD, hard court, Co: Mirza). She was a quarter-finalist with Flavia Pennetta at the Roland Garros and Wimbledon.