03/09/2016 – The 5th seed Romanian player came back from a break down in the final set.
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 46 303 400 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S SINGLES, 3RD ROUND|
|Simona Halep (Romanian, 5)-Tímea Babos (Hungarian) 6:1, 2:6, 6:4|
“As far as the match started for Me, and I and did not know what to do with her tennis, I started to play well and get better and better. It was a very high-quality match. I say this rarely, but it was one of the best matches of My life. It was one of the best tennis I’ve ever played. For this reason, I can be happy, but of course I am sad that I did not win. Physically, it was not an easy match, seven out of ten rally was long enough and “messy”. I also tired, but that’s the tennis. I’m trying to recover before the doubles. It is a good thing, a huge experience to play such a match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium against one of the best player of the world. Finally a broken a little My “Grand Slam-phobia”, I could play well at Grand Slam! This is very motivating and positive for the future”– said Timi.
The match lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Timi played for the first time at the nearly 24 thousand-seater Arthur Ashe Stadium, while the 2014 finalist at Roland Garros Simona Halep already had experience in that arena. The World No5 Romanian player had easy matches in the previous two round, and she was the clear favorite at Saturday, also.
In the 25-minute first set Timi played with lot of mistakes, so the more stable Halep could play confidently. The Romanian player jumped to a 4:0, with two easy breaks, then she finished the set after 4:1. At the end, the fifth seed won her opponent’s serve to 30.
The 43-minute second act brought huge changes. Timi fought extremely well and attacked successfully behind the serves, and as a receiver. She broke Halep to 0 after 1:1, but she immediately lost that lead.
But it didn’t bother the Hungarian youngster. Timi’s performance level did not dropped. She broke the Romanian player’s serve to 15, then she hold her own serve for a 4:2 lead. Timi played very well, while Halep lost her self-confidence.
And in the seventh and eight game Timi was perfect. She won eight rallies in a row. So she easily finished the second set.
The beginning of the final set was promising. Timi broke Halep again, then led 2:0. Big, very big chance for a sensation.
But then Halep played better and better, got closer to her opponent’s performance. Timi is adamantly fought, but after 3:2, she lost her service game…Then at 4:4, the Hungarian youngster led 40-15 a receiver, but she couldn’t lived with that chance. And in the last game she also led 40-15, but she didn’t won that important game…Halep won the match point after a double foult.