02/01/2018 – The Hungarian player lost a total of three games in the second round.
|SHENZHEN OPEN (750 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 8)-Magda Linette (Polish) 6:2, 6:1|
The match lasted 1 hour and 3 minutes in Sencsen.
“I’m happy, My performance again was good! I played tennis rigidly and collectively. I’m happy because the opponent was not a big hitter, but she is a very stable player. On Wednesday, I will have only training sessions. Then come the first quarter-final of the year” – said Timi.
The Hungarian player won in the first round againts a Chinese teenager, the second match seemed to be a much more difficult task. That’s not the case: Timi dominated against the World No72 opponent.
Linette started bravely in the 35-minute opening act. The Polish player won the first service game to 30, then led 30-0 with two winners as a receiver. Timit did not disturb with the good start of the opponent, she won her service game, then broke the opponent to 40.
The 8th seed of the Shenzhen Open was extremely stable and quiet, and it was decisive. Timi controlled the match confidently, leaving no chance for her opponent. The Hungarian player led 40-0 as a receiver after 4:2, but Linette came up with 40-40. But after that came Timi’s next chance and this time she was successful (5:2).
The eighth game was smooth, the Hungarian player finished the opening act.
The second set was even more straightforward. Timi dominated the game in every respect as a host and as a receiver. The Hungarian player broke ther opponent to 15, then to 0, and after 3:0 Linette asked for a coach advice.
Timi also played nicely and effectively, so she jumped to a 5:0 lead. Then she lost her service game with little mistakes, but she came back strong. She broke Linette again and reached the QF in Shenzhen, after two years.
Timi’s opponent will be the 4th seed Irina-Camelia Begu in the last eight. The Romanian player (born: 26 August, 1990), is 43rd in the world ranking, her career best position was 22nd (22 August, 2016). Begu has won 4 WTA and 11 ITF competitions in singles. Last year, she remained unbeaten in Bucharest (Romania, 250 000 USD, clay), previously she triumphed in 2012 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan, 250 000 USD, clay), in 2015 in Seoul (Republic of Korea, 250 000 USD, hard court) and in 2016 in Florianopolis (Brazil, 250 000 USD, hard court).
The two players have met three times so far: Begu won 7:6, 6:3 in 2012, in Fes (Morocco, 250 000 USD, clay) $ 250,000, slag), and 2:6, 6:4, 6:3 in 2016 at the final in Florinopolis. Then in 2016 in Moscow (Russia, 823 888 USD, indoor) Timi won 6:2, 6:7, 7:5.