06/03/2013 – The 117th ranked Tímea Babos did not have a place in the second round at Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open.
The meeting lasted 2 hours 4 minutes.
|BNP PARIBAS OPEN (5,182,262 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Johanna Larsson (Swedish)-Timea Babos (Hungarian) 6:7 (5-7), 6:2, 6:0|
Last year the 19-year-old Hungarian player won two times against Larsson: in Montreal’s third qualifying round (4:6, 6:4, 6:4) and in the Fed Cup in February (7:5, 7:5).
At Indian Wells it was also very closely, as closely as possible in the first set, which lasted 52-minutes. In women’s game it is a rarity, but the two players had never reach break point. In the beginning, Timi, at the end Larsson had problems in service game; it was 40-40, but nothing more.
In the tie-break the Hungarian tennis player started better, but the lead quickly gone. Then again Timi had a lead (5-3 and 6-4), so she had two set points. Larsson hold the first chance, but the next rally had already decided the fate of the opening act.
Unfortunately, the second set was similar to the first one only to 2:2. Then Larsson again hold her serve and after that she won her fourth break point (4:2). Timi couldn’t reach to a break chance in the next game, and at 5:2 she lost again her serve after holding two set points.
At the beginning of the final set Larsson won her service game after 40-40, then broke Timi third time in a row. In the next game the young Hungarian had two break points, but without success (3:0). It definitely calmed Larsson, who won the next game. From there it was no turning back; the Swedish player was running smoothly in the next two games that were needed.
Timi didn’t enter in doubles, so she finished at Indian Wells.