16/08/2015 – Timi won in two very close sets against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the second round of the qualies at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
The match lasted 1 hour 58 minutes. The Hungarian player will meet the World No18 Samantha Stosur in the opening round of the main draw.
|WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN (2,701,240 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, QUALIFYING, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Aliaksandra Sasznovich (Belarus) 7:6 (7-2), 6:4|
“It was a very difficult match! I did not feel that she is tired after yesterday’s long and tough match. She had very good return games. But her serves were not as good, so I could attack them. That’s why I broke her so many times. It was a tough match, I had to struggle a lot. Today, I didn’t played as well as yesterday…But, I fought hard, I really wanted to win. It helped me a lot. The tie-break was the only stage of the match when I played really well, so she had no chance. At the beginning of the second set I broke her again, but I lost my lead after a long, but bad service game. After that, my opponent had a psychological advantage. Then at 4:4 I played a stable and very good game, so I had a break advantage again. And in the last game I played my best service game, with three aces. It was very hot, everyone suffered. I fought hard, I wanted that success. I’m happy with the win!”– said Timi.
In the first, 65-minute set Timi twice had a break advantage. But she couldn’t hold that lead after 2:0 and 3:1. Fortunately, at 3: 3 she hold her service game from 0-30. And it was very important.
Because, in the second part of the set the receivers had no chance. So, the tie-break decided the fate of the opening act.
In the tie-break the 22-year old Hungarian player jumped to a 3-0 lead with two receivers point. Then, she hold easily the lead, so she won the first act!
The second set was also very interesting. Timi again lost an early break advantage, after 1:1. The Belarus player led 3:2, few minutes later.
But in the crucial part of match Timi played better. She broke her opponent at 4:4, then she won the last service game to 30, at 5:4. So, she advanced to the main draw at the Western & Southern Open.
In the first round Timi will meet the World No 18 Samantha Stosur. The Australian player had a career best position of 4(21 February 2011). So far, she has won one Grand Slam tournament (US Open 2011), and she a finalist (Roland Garros 2010) once. Stosur remained unbeaten in 8 WTA and 4 ITF event in singles.
In the 2015 season Stosur won the Strasbourg (France, 250,000 USD, clay) and Bad Gastein (Austria, 250,000 USD, clay) WTA tournament. A few days ago she was a semifinalist in Washington (United States, 250,000 USD, hard court).
Timi will also play doubles with Kristina Mladenovic. The Hungarian-French duo is ranked 2nd, they will enter the tournament in the second round. Their opponent will be Karin Knapp and Roberta Vinci (Italians) or Mona Barthel and Jarmila Gajdosova (German, Australian).