11/05/2013 – After a set and a break down Timi won in three sets against Chanel Simmonds, so she is the new champion of the Soweto Open.
The final lasted 2 hours 29 minutes.
|SOWETO OPEN (50 000 USD + H, HARD COURT), SINGLES, FINAL|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 1)-Chanel Simmonds (South AfricaN, 5) 6:7 (3-7), 6:4, 6:1|
“First of all, I’m very happy with the tournament victory! I did not play too well in this final, but somehow I won it. So this victory is even more valuable. I will be back into the top 100, I qualified to the main draw of ! I’m very happy for both of them! Thanks for all your support! – Timi said.
“I thought it was a lot of pressure on Timea this tournament because she needed points for the main draw of Wimbledon and because she was #1 seed. Timi showed me a lot of courage and that she is willing to fight to the last point and as a coach I am trilled to see that. The final was very difficult because it was very windy and there was a chance of rain throughout the whole match. In this conditions Timi made some mistakes at the beginning and didn’t control the match. It wasn’t until 1:3 in the second set when she started to play much more aggressive and move forward a lot more. Overall, I am very happy how we get along and how much I have learnt about her. Timi needs to continue to work hard on and off the court because we have 2 Grand Slams coming up”– said the new coach of the TIMI Team, Nikola Andjelic.
Timi started very well in the final, with an early break she jumped to a 5.2 lead. But after that Simmonds improved and equalized, then at 5:5 she broke her rival again. Then Timi won her opponent’s service game, but had no chance in the tie-break.
Timi began the second set with a break, but after that Simmonds won three games in a row. The 20-year old Hungarian player didn’t give up, she equalized, and after 3:3 she won again her rival’s service game, and moved to a 5:3 lead after a hard battle.
The South African came up to 5:4, and then in the next game she saved a set point and had two break points. Timi saved both chances and after a hard fight she won the service game and the set!
The final set was short of excitement! Thankfully! Timi controlled the game, broke twice the South African player. Simmond won a game after 4:0, but after that she had no chance. Timi lived with the second match ball, she triumphed in the Soweto Open!
Timi celebrated 10th tournament victory in singles in ITF level, most recently she won in Helsinki in November 2011. With this success Timi will return to the top100, on Monday she will be the 99th ranked player in singles.