28/12/2013 – On Saturday the draw was made for singles in the 500 000 USD Shenzhen WTA event: Timi’s opponent will be Nadiya Kichenok.
The young Hungarian is ranked 88th, while the Ukrainian is 101st. In doubles Timi will start with the Croatian Petra Martic.
“I think that we got beatable opponent in doubles with Petra. I hope we can soon be used to each other, because so far we had never played with each other. This tournament can be a good preparation for the Australian Open. The singles draw is interesting for several aspects. Last time I lost against Kichenok, so I want to hit back. I would be happy if I could, because the next opponent will either Li or Zvonarewa. The conditions are good anyway in Shenzhen, many courts with good accommodation. There is a problem, the weather is a bit of cold, but not too bad” – Timi said.
The 21 -year-old Nadiya Kichenok’s current ranking is her career best. So far she played 11 finals in the ITF Circuit, she won four times: (2012: Kars – Uzbekistan, 2013 : Namangan – Uzbekistan, Astana , twice – Kazakhstan). During her career she played in 38 doubles final in ITF tournaments, she celebrated 19 times as a winner.
This year, in the Birmingham grass court event Nadiya Kichenok won in the first round against Timi, 6:3, 6:4. Among the juniors the 20-year old Hungarian player won twice against the Ukrainian: in 2007 in Thailand 4:6, 7:5, 6:1 was the result, while in 2008 in the Philippines Timi won 4:6, 6:3, 7:6.
In the 2013 season Kichenok won in Namangan (25 000 USD) and twice in Astana ( 100 000 dollars and 25 000 dollars). She was also a finalist in Quanzhou (China, 50 000 dollars) and Tallinn (Estonia, 25 000 dollars).
Nadiya Kichenok’s sister, Lyudmila is ranked 196th in the singles world rankings.
In doubles , the Hungarian and Croatian player is seeded second in Shenzhen. In the last 16 they will meet Luksika Kumkhum and Qiang Wang. Timi is 45th, Martic is 78th in doubles WTA Rankings, while the Thai player is 164th. The Chinese players currently not on the WTA list.
Timi in the 2013 season won five WTA doubles tournaments, during her career she celebrated six times. Martic was a finalist three times in doubles, but never won. Last year she lost the doubles final in Paris and Bad Gastein, while this season she was defeated with Kristina Mladenovic in Marrakech. In Morocco the champion was Timi and Mandy Minella, they won the final 6:3, 6:1.