08/0662013 – The qualifying round started on Saturday afternoon in Birmingham and main draw was made also in Birmingham for the Aegon Classic.
These events are important for Timi, because she will meet a qulifyer in the first round. On late Sunday afternoon she learned, that the world No 169 Nadiya Kichenok will be her opponent in singles.
“I’m glad that I get on the main draw, because I can practice and play matches in good conditions. I would have travel to England, but in London I had the chance to practice only in private clubs, with a lot of constraints. Birmingham is now have much better courts than last year, when they were almost like clay courts…It’s true, a lot of players try to practice, it’s hard to find time for real grass trainings. We got a court on late Saturday afternoon, I practiced 45 minutes with Kristina Mladenovic, and after that I played for almost on another hour. Today firstly I had fitness training, then tennis.” said the Hungarian player.
Timi added. her left knee is okay, for few days she had to rest that leg, and had lot of massages.
“We treated the Marseille tournament as a little “preparation”, I had lot of physical work-outs, we ran a lot on the coast, I had lot of training for my abdominal muscle and my back muscle. I need the good physical condition for Wimbledon and Budapest. I’m glad that I come for the grass court, I begin this period mentally stronger then the clay court season. The grass is conducive to my style, here I go ahead almost immediately after the good serve.I will be in a favorable position after a less well managed shot, I don’t need a very precise shot, as on clay. My serve also will be a great asset”– she added.
Last year the American Melanie Oudin won the singles tournament in Birmingham and in doubles Timi celebrated with Hsieh Su Wei. In the final the Hungarian-Taipeise duo won against the former world No. 1 duo, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. The score was 7:5, 6:7, 10-8. In singles Timi won against Alison Riske 6:4, 4:6, 7:6), and lost against Irina Falconi (0:6, 4:6).
This year Timi will not play doubles in Aegon Classic. On late Sunday afternoon she learned, that the world No 169 Nadiya Kichenok will be her opponent in singles.
The 20-year-old Ukrainian player was 163rd on May 13, it’s her career best so far. Kichenok played nine finals in singles in ITF tournament, she won twice in Uzbekistan.
This season Kichenok won in Namangan (25 000 USD), was finalist in Quanzhou (50 000 USD) and Tallinn (25, 000 USD). A few weeks ago, she reached the last four in Johannesburg (50 000 + H) and then defeated by Chanel Simmonds (6:2, 6:2). Later Timi won the Soweto Open!
The Ukrainian tennis player in the Birmingham qualies defeated the Australian Ashleigh Barty (6:4, 7:6) and the Canadian Sharon Fichman (6:2, 6:3).