07/04/2016 – After the bad first set the Hungarian player won the second and led with a double break in the deciding act. She finished the match after 5:5.
|KATOWICE OPEN (250 000 USD, INDOOR), SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 7)-Viktorija Golubic (Swiss) 1:6, 6:4, 7:5|
“It’s true, I’m not playing good tennis, I’m not in top form … But I fight the way I can. I hope that it will continue for some more matches. This court is slow and I must change My tactics. My serves did not really work, as yesterday either. I think that the jetlag and fatigue of the last few days does not help My game rhythm. But I’m trying, I’m doing my job. I am glad that I could win. Tomorrow is a new chance to play well”– Timi said after the match.
|“Timi showed a true sportsmanship virtues today. She showed, that she had a fantastic willing of fighting. She played badly, sometimes very badly. But this is understandable. After Miami has to deal with the jet lag and with the slow, soft court. Today she also felt physical and mental fatigue. But she didn’t give up after the first set. In the final set she played good tennis till 3:0. After that, she made mistakes, she wanted to hurry. But, she didn’t collapse after 3:4. She won the match with some good shots. She won it without a good serve and deal with the physical and mental fatigue”.|
The match lasted 2 hours 11 minutes.
In the 31-minute opening set Golubic played better in the important moments. She broke her opponent twice, after a bight fight. She jumped to a 4:0lead, and it was enough.
In the second set Timi showed better performance, she fought hardly for the comeback. She lost the early break advantage, but it was not crucial. The Hungarian youngster broke the Swiss player at the end of the set, after 5:4. So came the final act.
In the third set Timi had a double break advantage (3:0), but she lost that. Golubic led 4:3 after a big battle.
The Hungarian player came back, and after 5:5 she played well. She easily broke her opponent and after that, finished the match. Timi saved a break point and lived with the second match ball.
Her opponent in the quarter-final will be Jelena Ostapenko. The 3rd seed Latvian player is ranked 38th.
The 18-year old player was a junior Champion at Wimbledon in 2014. So far, she has won 7 ITF tournament in singles, and she was a finalist twice at the WTA Tour (2015: Quebec City, 2016: Doha).
This year in Doha she reached the final from the qualies: she defeated among others, Svetlana Kuznetsova, the double imbledon champ Petra Kvitova and Andrea Petkovic. In the last match she lost against Carla Suarez Navarro.