07/08/2013 – Timi won her second match in two sets against Michaela Honcova, so she reached the quarter-final in singles at the 125 000 USD WTA tournament in Suzhou.
The match lasted 1 hour and 25 minutes. The Hungarian player also played doubles on Wednesday with Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and got to the last eight. Timi’s next opponent in singles will be the seventh seed Tamarine Tanasugarn.
|CAOXIJIU SUZHOU LADIES OPEN (125 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 1)-Michaela Honcova (Slovakian) 6:2, 7:5|
|CAOXIJIU SUZHOU LADIES OPEN (125 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Michaella Krajicek (Hungarian, Dutch)-Sema Yuriko, Zhou Yi-Miao (Japanese, Chinese) 6:4, 6:3|
“For a long time my the game went pretty well in singles, I led 6:2, 4:0. And then there were two worse games, so the score was 4:2. After that I tried everything to broke again my opponent, but unfortunately it took a lot of my energy. So I lost my next service game…I should add, this is not surprising, because on the track today, was 56 degrees … Unrealistically hot. After all I used my last energies and from 4.5 I turned the set to 7:5 by taking advantage of the opponent’s fatigue. So I won the whole match. I’m happy with the win, another opportunity tomorrow! The doubles went in a good atmosphere, I enjoyed the game whit Mika! I look forward to the matches tomorrow, but for now the most important the regeneration and relaxation “– Timi said.
Timi’s Chinese opponent in singles was the 256th ranked Honcova, so the first seed was the top favourite.
The 20-year-old Hungarian player began with an immediate break, then she led 2:2 Surprisingly Honcova unexpectedly won her opponent’s serve (2:2). Timi has responded well to the situation, immediately broke back, and did it again after 4:2. Then the first seed smoothly won her service game to 0, and had a set advantage.
At the beginning of the second set Timi again broke her rival after a great battle, she used the fifth break ball. Then the young Hungarian had a total control of the game, she pulled away 4:0! It seemed like minutes left from the match, but then there was a huge turn of events.
Honcova won five games in a row, and was two points away from the set. However, Timi again found herself, once again won her opponent’s service game after 5:5, and then brought her own, so she got into the quarter-finals.
Timi in the quarter-final will meet the 7th seed Tamarine Tanasugarn. The 36-year-old Thailandese is currently in the 160th position, but she was already 19th on 13.05.2002. She was finalist in singles in 11 WTA event, she won four times: in 2003 in Hyderabad, India, in 2008 and 2009 in s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, in 2010 in Osaka, Japan.
Tanasugarn in the 2013 season, had not a singles match until the Wimbledon quali, she survived the first round. In China she defeated Junri Namigata (6:1, 4:6, 6:3) and in the next round she won 7:6, 0:6, 6:3 against the South Korean Lee So Ra.
After some rest Timi has played again, this time in doubles with Michaella Krajicek. The Hungarian-Dutch duo lost the first service game at the beginning of the 38-minute first set, but quickly equalized. After that a great battle developed, and after 5:4 Timi and her partner again broke the Asian rival.
In the second set the Hungarian-Dutch dual led 3:1, but then the opponent equalized. Timi and Michaella Krajicek then won again the rival’s service game, and after 5:3 the Dutch easily finished the match.
The Hungarian-Dutch double will meet in the quarter-final the second seed Chan Chin-Wei and Xu Yi-Fan.
The 28-year-old Taiwanese is currently ranked 145, but she was already 88th (January 15, 2007). Chan during her career won 42 doubles (!) ITF tournament, this season she celebrated twice.
The 24-year-old Xu Yi-Fan is ranked 169th, but also was 88th (21 July 2008). She won 16 ITF doubles tournaments.