21/11/2015 – The Hungarian youngster served very well, and played almost perfectly in the crucial moments of the 93-minute match.
|OEC TAIPEI WTA CHALLENGER (125 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 4)- Kirsten Flipkens (Belgian, 5) 6:3, 7:6 (7-1)|
“It was a pretty high quality semifinal. There was only one break during the whole match, it speaks for itself. Today I played much better than yesterday. I think I played my best tennis during this week. I’m very happy, of course !!! I knew that Flipkens is a very good player, she had a lot of good results on fast courts. I expected a hard match. It is interesting that We had common warm-up this week. This morning also:)) I could say that I learned everything about her game, but that’s not true :)) Only funny and interesting! Overall, I served very well today also, and my overall performance was also good. I did not let her use her tactics, she couldn’t use the slices, she couldn’t came often to the net. I feel that she’s played well and I played well. I am happy, especially with the second set! I had chances, although I had only one break point. She saved it, but it didn’t broke Me. Then I won the match with a very good tie-break. Tomorrow, I will meet Misaki Doi, it sure to be a very difficult match. This is the last match of the year, I do everything for the victory! I hope that I can continue my good series, I will play well again. Then we’ll see, what will be the result! Thank you very much for the support !!! One more match left, please cheer for Me!!!”– said Timi.
Timi began very well the a semifinal! She broke her opponent to 30 after 2:1. Then she controlled the own service games, although the 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist tried everything.
The Hungarian youngster had a set point at 5:2, but she couldn’t lived with it as a receiver. But in the next game Timi gave no chance to Flipkens, so she had a set advantage.
The second act brought even bigger battle, a real “war of serves”. Timi had a total of 5 ace, while Flipkens hit 6 ace. They both saved a break point each, so at the end, came the tie-break.
The tie-break, fortunately had a surprising scenario! Timi well received, had three breaks, and she led 6-0! Then Flipkens won a point as receiver, but the next point was a decider. Timi made another receiver’s point, so she finished the semifinal.
The 22-year-old Hungarian player’s opponent in the Sunday’s final will be the first seed Misaki Doi. The Japanese player is ranked 60th, this is her career best so far. She has won 1 WTA and 5 ITF event in singles.
Doi remained unbeaten a few weeks ago Luxembourg (Luxembourg, 250 000 USD, carpet). During her winning route she won against very good players, just like Andrea Petkovic (then WTA-20th, 7:5, 2:6, 7:5), Jelena Jankovic (then WTA-22nd, 7:6, 7:5) and finally against Mona Barthel (WTA-55th, 6:4, 6:7, 6:0). The Japanese player was also quarter-finalist in Pattaya City (Thailand, 250,000 USD, hard court) and Nuremberg (Germany, 250,000 usd, clay).