06/04/2018 – Both player served very well, finally the second break was decisive.
|ABIERTO GNP SEGUROS (250 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, ROUND 2|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 4)-Naomi Broady (British) 6:3, 6:7 (6-8), 7:5|
A match lasted 2 hour 17 minutes at Monterrey.
„This time it was an extremely difficult to play against Broady. We already met several times, but now she played her best tennis behind the serves, throughout the match. I’m glad, that I won all My service games. The most important is the victory, and I found the solution for the quarter-final. I’ very, very happy with it, and I’m also glad, that I won my second match” – said Timi.
The meeting brought a huge fight and several turnaround.
Int he third game of the 33-minute opening act, Timi saved two break point, then she won her opponent’s serve to 30, int he sixth game. After that, she was solid behind the serves, she hold her own games twice to 15, after 4:2, then after 5:3. So Timi finished the first set, confidently.
The 60-minute second set brought a huge battle, Broady was confident behind the serves, too. Int he fourth game, Timi saved a break point, and after that, both player had no chance as a receiver.
In the tie-break, Timi immediately broke her opponent, but then she lost four rallies in a row. The Hungarian player came back to 5-4, from 1-4, and had a match point at 6-5. Unfortunately, Broady was strong and finally she won the second set.
The final act was also interesting and thrilling. In the fourth game, Broady saved a break point, and after 5:5 came the decisive part of the match. Timi led 40-15 behind the serves, but then she faced a break point. The 4th seed saved the game, then led 40-0 as a receiver. She lived with the second chance. So, Timi reached the QF at Monterrey for the fourth time, after 2012, 2013 and 2017.
Broady had 20 aces and 4 double faults, while her opponent had 769.
Timi’s next opponent will be the 5th seeded, 2016 Olympics Gold Medalist, Monica Puig.
The Puerto Rican player (born: 27 September, 1993) is 68th int he World Rankings, with a career best position of 27 (26 September, 2016). So far, Puig has won 2 WTA Tour and 6 ITF tournaments in singles.