US Open 2016: dramatic match and victory in singles

US Open 2016: dramatic match and victory in singles

30/08/2016 – The 31st seed Hungarian player came back from 0:4 in the final set at the New York Grand Slam tournament.

 

US OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 46 303 400 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S SINGLES, 1ST ROUND
Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 31)-Barbara Haas (Austrian) 5:7, 6:3, 7:5

 

“The most important is, the victory. I’m very, very glad that somehow I managed to win this match, I managed to struggle successfully for that match. It was very difficult, because I lost the first set from a big advantage, 5:2, then I fought from 0:4 in the third act… It was a very, very big “head game”. Of course, some things were against Me: I have never won a singles match at the US Open, I felt, it is a “must win” match as a seeded player. I felt that pressure, but I also thought, that I am a seeded player, who is ranked 34th. This helped Me through the deadlocks. I lost the first act from a big advantage, but I managed to win the second set, holding a break advantage. But at the beginning of the final set I played too aggressively, then too passively. And My opponent played very well. At 0:4 I thought, I have enough power for a comeback, and I hoped, that she couldn’t keep that level. My opponent has never been in a position to win a Grand Slam match against a seeded player. Both come true! I am very very happy! I got another chance to play better in the next round. It’s a bit like the Cincinnati tournament. I hope that I’ll be better in My next match” – said Timi.

 

The match lasted 2 hours 43 minutes.

 

The 23-year old Hungarian player started well in the 61-minute first set, she quickly had a break advantage, and led 2:0, 40-15, behind the serves. However, the qualifier Haas arrived unexpectedly to the match, she broke back (2:1). After 3:2, Timi won her opponent’s service game to 15, then hold her own for a 5:2 lead.

 

Then, came an unexpected turn-around … The World No141 Austrian player won five (!) games in a row. Haas broke the 31st seed to 15, then to 40. And after 6:5, she led 40-15, and finally closed the game to 40, with the third set point.

 

It makes the task difficult for the Hungarian youngster…

 

In the 47-minute second act Timi set much more attention to the important moments. In the fourth game she broke Haas to 30, then saved a break point in the next game. After that, the Hungarian player lost no rally in the next two service game.

 

Before the final act it seemed that Timi has the psychological advantage. But it was not the case…

 

Haas quickly jumped to a 2:0 lead, then won the next two game in a tremendous battle. So Timi has a big mountain to climb. And she did it!

 

Timi once again showed a fantastic fighting spirit, she played a very good tennis in the next period. She won four games in a row, losing only one rally. She broke her opponent twice to 0 (4:4).

 

Then Haas won her service game, but Timi easily equalized. Then the 31st seed Hungarian player broke the Austrian oppenent to 15. In the last game Timi hold her serve after 30-30, so she first time reached the second round in singles at the US Open.

 

Timi’s next opponent will be the World No165, Richel Hogenkamp. The Dutch player’s best position so far was 115 (13 July 2015). During her career, she has won 9 ITF singles competition, this year she celebrated in early August in Kiksijde (Netherlands, 25 000 USD, clay).

 

On Tuesday the draw was made for the Mixed Doubles: Timi and Eric Butorac (USA) will meet the local pair of Emina Bektas and Evan King.