17/09/2013 – Timi started with a great success the 500 000 USD Guangzhou Open: she defeated the 7th seed Varvara Lepchenko in 2 hour and 15 minutes.
The World No 105 Hungarian youngster won the first set tie-break from 4-6, and triumphed int he second set from 3:5. Timi’s next opponent will be the World No-58 Zheng Jie.
|GUANGZJOU OPEN (500 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Varvara Lepchenko (US, 7), 7:6 ( 10-8 ), 7:5|
“I’m terribly happy! Another victory against a Top50 ‘s player, and with a good performance! I look forward to the next game 🙂 ” – Timi said.
“After last year’s huge surprise Timi won the huge battle against the World No 47! Sure there were signs that the opponent is much better prepared against Timi, but she served well through the match, and with offensive spirit, she took control in the majority of the rallies! Timi came back from handicap in both sets, which is praised by Timi’s great fighting spirit! We hope, that this success Increasing her self-confidence, it’s a valuable victory. We hope this give her power to the next match tomorrow”– rated Timi’s coach, Levente Barátosi.
Last year, Timi won 7:6, 6:4 against the Uzbek-born American player int he first round of the Cincinnati Masters. The 2012 result was a surprise and this year’s Chinese result also!
The 20-year-old Hungarian player arrived to Guangzhou with the nice memories of the Tashkent doubles triumph. In China she began against a very experienced opponent, she had to prove her form. She did it with an effective triumph!
At the beginning of the 65-minute first set Timi saved four break points, one in the first service game and three in the second. Then both players fairly confidently hold the service games, so they reached the tie-break without a break. At the beginning of a tie-break Lepchenko clearly directed, pulled away 5-2 , and at 6-4 had two set points.
However, Timi equalized, then several times had set point. Finally, after 9-8 she lived with the chance!
The second set began with the American ‘s serve, until 4:3 there was no break. But then Lepchenko had a 40-0 lead as a receiver and lived with the thirs chance. But Timi didn’t give up, broke back and after that won her service game (5:5). In the eleventh game Timi had four break points and lived with the last! Then came a very long and exciting game. The Hungarian youngster had four match balls without success and after that Lepchenko reached a break point. But Timi saved it and won the fifth match ball! This is one her biggest victories of the season.
The Hungarian player ‘s next opponent , Zheng Jie is ranked 58th, her career best was 15th in 05.18.2009. The double Grand Slam doubles champion (2006: Australian Open, Wimbledon ) Chinese was a finalist in 6 singles WTA tournament, won four times: in 2005 in Hobart , in 2006 in Estoril and Stockholm and in 2012 in Auckland. She was a semifinalist in 2008 in Wimbledon and in 2010 at the Australian Open.
This season Zheng Jie was a quarterfinalist in Brussels (won against the former World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki), this is her best result in singles. At other events she couldn’t reached the final phase, but twice defeated Samantha Stosur (Sydney, Australian Open), and Urszula Radwanska (Dubai), Yaroslava Shvedova (Miami), Kiki Bertens and Venus Williams (US Open). In Guangzhou she won against Shvedova 6:1, 6:4.