02/08/2013 – After a dramatic battle Timi defeated in three sets Maria Joao Koehler, got to the final of the 75 000 USD ITF tournament in Ukraine.
The match lasted 2 hours and 25 minutes. The 20-year-old Hungarian player will meet in the final the first seed Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
|VICCOURT CUP (75 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 3)-Maria Joao Koehler (Portuguese, 5), 4:6, 6:2, 6:4|
“I’m happy that I won! At the very beginning of the match, I felt in my legs that I was tired. In the past two weeks I made hard work-outs … And the wind was very strong today. But with the spirit I tried to get over the difficulties. I nearly fought back from 0:5. It ultimately did not work out, but I controlled the second set nicely. Then in the final set Maria showed great game, she led 4:2 and 30-0. But in the very last moment I fought back and I finally got the win! I am very happy to be in the final! Tomorrow I expect a tough game, but with a good performance can be anything against the new WTA tournament winner “– Timi said after the Donetsk tennis thriller.
|TIMI IS CHEERING FOR HUNGARIANS FROM DONETSK|
|Timi not forget about her countrymen starting in Barcelona at the FINA Aquatics WCH. Under a thick Ukrainian program she support the in the evening. On Friday Timi was very happy after Dániel Gyurta’s gold medal. Of course she celebrated Katinka Hosszú’s triumph and the successes of the waterpolo teams as well.|
|“Go HUNGARIANS! I’m cheering from Donetsk for you guys! Congratulations on your success so far and cheering for your continued success! “– sent a message the finalist of the Viccourt Cup.|
Timi also trained hard this week, before and after the matches, it took out a lot.
At the beginning of the 46-minute first set Timi lost her serve after multiple deuces, and it determined the next minutes. The Portuguese served and received very well against the tired opponent, constantly increased the lead. The Hungarian player fought, but she lost her serve again after 0:2 and 0:4. In the sixth game Timi saved a set point as a receiver and began the big comeback!
The third seed won four games in a row, but Koehler finally triumphed in the opening act.
The second set was much more smoother, luckily! Timi took her rival’s serve at 1:0 and then preserving a 3-0 lead. The Portuguese took three times a medical help, and twice hold her serve. The 20-year-old Hungarian player then broke again at 5:2, so confidently equalized.
At the beginning of the final set, after 1:0 Timi had five break points, but she couldn’t lived with them. After 2:2 the Portuguese unexpectedly took her opponent’s serve and then led 4.2. But Timi did not give up! She equalized to 4:4, and after that she saved two break points.
That was decisive! In the tenth game of the final set Koehler was unable to stop the 3rd ssed, who lived with the second match ball!
Timi’s opponent in the final will be the first seed Elina Svitolina be. The 18-year-old domestic player on Sunday won the 235 000 USD tournament in Baku, in the final celebrated a 6:4, 6:4 victory over Shahar Peer. With the success the Ukrainian teen in ranked 49th, this is her career’s best.
The 18-year-old Svitolina three years ago, won the junior’s singles at Roland Garros, however last year was a finalist at Wimbledon. It is interesting that in 2010 she reached the final in doubles with Irina Khromacheva at Wimbledon, but lost 6:7, 6:2, 6:2 against Timi and Sloane Stephens.
Svitolina won 5 ITF singles tournament and last year she celebrated after the 125 000 WTA event in Pune (India).
Timi has won 10 ITF singles among adults. This year she triumphed on May 11, the day after her 20th birthday in Johannesburg (Soweto Open). In the final she won against a domestic player…
|ITF FINALS (SINGLES)|
|2009.05.03.||Bournemouth (UK)||Clay||Svenja WEIDEMANN (German)||6:4, 3:6, 4:6|
|2009.05.10.||Edinburgh (UK)||Clay||Naomi BROADY (British)||6:4, 6:7 (3-7), 7:6 (10-8)|
|2009.07.12.||Felixstowe (UK)||Grass||Anna SMITH (British)||5:7, 6:3, 4:6|
|2009.11.08.||Sunderland (UK)||Hard||Matea MEZAK (Croatian)||7:6 (7-6), 6:4|
|2009.11.14.||Jersey (UK)||Hard||Matea MEZAK (Croatian)||2:6, 3:6|
|2010.05.09.||Edinburgh (UK)||Clay||Tara MOORE (British)||6:2, 6:2|
|2010.06.13.||Budapest (Hungary)||Clay||Mathilde JOHANSSON (French)||7:6 (7-4), 1:6, 0:6|
|2010.07.17.||Woking (UK)||Hard||Katie O’BRIEN (British)||7:5, 6:4|
|2010.12.05.||Bendigo (Australia)||Hard||Elitsza KOSZTOVA (Bulgarian)||3:6, 6:3, 7:5|
|2011.06.18.||Asztana (Kazakhstan)||Hard||Tadeja MAJERIČ (Croatian)||6:0, 6:2|
|2011.07.03.||Stuttgart-Vaihingen (Germany)||Clay||Korina PERKOVIC (German)||1:6, 6:2, 6:3|
|2011.10.30.||Saguenay (Canada)||Hard (i)||Julia BOSERUP (American)||7:6 (9-7), 6:3|
|2011.11.27.||Helsinki (Finland)||Hard (i)||Jana ČEPELOVÁ (Slovakian)||6:3, 6:1|
|2012.01.08.||Quanzhou (China)||Hard||Kimiko DATE-KRUMM (Japanese)||3:6, 3:6|
|2013.05.11.||Johannesburg (South Africa)||Hard||Chanel SIMMONDS (South African)||6:7 (3-7), 6:4, 6:1|