06/01/2016 – The 22-year old Hungarian player won in 1 hour and 41 minutes against the 4th seed Niculescu.
|SHENZHEN OPEN (500,000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Monica Niculescu (Romanian, 4) 6:1, 6:4|
“I’m very happy! It was a very, very difficult match, with a lot of long rallies. What makes this victory particularly beautified, that almost every time I was the better player in the difficult moments. This is a real mental success, in addition that I played very well. Niculescu is an interesting opponent, with a very special game. This required serious tactics of the game, I’m glad that I was able to speak about it with my coach, Thomas Drouet. We were successful. I was able to play well in important situations, I could bring my best. I’m glad with the first quarter-final of the year” – said Timi.
In the opening game of the 43-minute first set Timi saved a break point, then won the opponent’s serve to 40. The Hungarian youngster lived with the second chance. After a big battle, Timi hold her service game to 40, and she led 4:1.
In the next game the 22-year old Hungarian player broke Niculescu to 15. After that, came another difficult period. The 4th seed Romanian player had a total of three break points after 15-40, but fortunately, without success. Timi saved her service game to 40, so she finished the opening act.
The second act brought even more excitement! Timi twice led with a break, she was a point away from 3:1…But Niculescu equalized to 2:2, then she hold her service game from 0-30.
Then came a game, which later proved decisive! Timi saved a total of three break point, and finally hold her serve (3:3). After that, she won her opponent’s service game to 30!
And Timi hold that break advantage, to the final point of the match. She saved another break point, to lead 5:3, then Niculescu won a game to 0.
In the last game, Timi came back from 0-30, then she celebrated her first victory against Niculescu, after three defeats.
The Hungarian player’s opponent in the quarter-final will be the 6th seed Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian player is ranked 49th, her career best was 5 (20 October 2014). So far, she has won 1 WTA and 6 ITF event is singles. In 2014 she was a finalist at Wimbledon, reached the last four at the Australian Open and at Roland Garros.