14/02/2015 – Timi came back from a break down in the final set and won in three sets against Katerina Siniakova in the second round of the qualies at the 2 513 000 USD WTA tournament in Dubai.
The match lasted 1 hour 23 minutes. The 21-year old Hungarian player will meet the former World No 1, Jelena Jankovic.
|DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (2 513 000 USD, HARD COURT), QUALIFYING, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 10)-Katerina Siniakova (Czech, 7) 6:1, 4:6, 6:1|
“I am terribly happy with today’s victory! Siniakova is a good player, she has a better position in the WTA Ranking. She had fine victories in the past months. Offensive opponent, but We worked out a good tactic with Thomas, I’ve managed to do it. And this has been brought to success. Of course I do not want to be satisfied with this, I want to win more matches in the main draw too! 🙂 I’m also interested in doubles, I will play with Kristina again. The draw is good, I hope we will play well 🙂 Thanks for your support!”– Timi said.
The 20-minute first set was a dream! The 18-year old Czech player won the opening game, but after that she had no chance. Timi was fantastic. Behind the serves she lost only one rally, and she broke the rival three times.
The 36-minute second set was totally different. The Czech teen served and received much better, and she broke Timi after 4:4. In the next game Siniakova didn’t lost a rally.
So came the final set! Timi started badly, from 30-15 she lost her service game, but then came the turnover. The 21-year old Hungarian player has won six games in a row, she broke the opponent three times. Timi won the last game to 30, and advanced to the main draw.
In the opening round of the main draw the young Hungarian player will meet the former World No 1, in Dubai 12th seed Jelena Jankovic. The 29-year old Serbian player led the WTA Ranking on 11 August 2008. During her career she has won 13 WTA and 1 ITF tournament in singles. She was a finalist at the 2008 US Open, she lost against Serena Williams (6:4, 7:5). Jankovic won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2007 with Jamie Murray.
Last year the Serbian star was a finalist at Bogota (Colombia, 250,000 USD, clay), reached the semifinal in Brisbane (Australia, 1 000 000 USD, hard court), in Doha (Qatar, 2,440,070 USD, hard court), in Stuttgart (Germany, 710,000 USD, clay) and in Rome (Italy, 2,628,800 USD, clay). This year Jankovic lost in the first round in Brisbane and at the Australian Open.
In doubles Timi and Kristina Mladenovic will play against Darija Jurak and Oksana Kalashnikova in Dubai.