01/09/2016 – This is the first time, that Timi reach the third round in singles at a Grand Slam tournament!
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 46 303 400 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S SINGLES, 2ND ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian, 31)-Richel Hogenkamp (Dutch) 6:2, 6:4|
“This day has come, too! I’m very, very glad that I qualified for the third round at a Grand Slam event, in singles too. This year My performance was quite stable. Previously I won in the opening round at every Grand Slam tournaments. I was hoping to get even further at the US Open. Especially considering that now I’m a seeded player. Today, I played much, much better than at the first match. After a very confident first set came a closer and more interesting second act. I was behind, but in the most important moment, I started to play more aggressively again. And it brought the good result. I’m lucky to have finished the game before the big rain” – said Timi.
The match lasted 1 hour 19 minutes.
In recent weeks, the Hungarian player had delays at her tournaments, due to the bad weather. It was also the case at the US Open. The second round match began with an almost 90-minute delay, because of a rain.
At the 29-minute first set, Timi was confident, given no chance to her opponent. In the fourth game she broke to 15, but unfortunately, she could not hold this advantage. But it did not bother her. After 3:2, Timi won Hogenkamp’s service game to 40, then hold her own serve to 0.
In the eighth game, Timi had three set points after 15-40, she finshed the opening act as a receiver.
The second set was much closer and more exciting. Timi won adogatásait smoothly in the beginning, but after 2:2, she lost that game from 40-30. And Hogenkamp saved a break point, so she led 4:2.
But then again, Timi took control. She easily came back to 4:3, then she broke her opponent from 40-15. The Hungarian player did not stop, again hold her service game. Then, Timi hit some winners and closed the match as a receiver.
Timi’s next opponent will be the World No5, Simona Halep. The Romanian player (born: 27 September 1991) had a career best of 2nd place (11 August 2014). So far, she has won 14 WTA and 6 ITF singles tournaments. She was a finalist in 2014 at the Roland Garros and at the WTA Finals.
This year Halep remained unbeaten in Madrid (Spain, 4 942 700 USD, clay), in Bucharest (Romania, 250 000 USD, clay) and at Montreal (Canada 2 714 413 USD, hard court).
The two players have met twice at a WTA tournament: Halep won in 2013 in Budapest (7:5, 6:1) and in 2015 in Quangzhou (6:4, 6:0). While, in 2014 at the Fed Cup in Budapest Timi triumphed 1:6, 7:5, 6:3 against Halep, who was World No10, that time. It was the Hungarian player’s first victory against a top10 star.