04/09/2017 – The Hungarian-Czech pair was 0:4 down in the final set.
|US OPEN (GRAND SLAM EVENT, 50 400 000 USD, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S DOUBLES, ROUND 3|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 5)-Su Wei Hsieh, Monica Niculescu (Taiwanese, Rumanian, 12) 6:2, 6:7 (1-7), 7:6 (7-5)|
The match lasted 2 hours 42 minutes in New York.
“Of course I’m very happy with this win! Now after Wimbledon I reached the quarter-final in Women’s Doubles at another Grand Slam tournament. It was a very difficult and interesting match. It looked pretty much like We had won, then lost it, then won it again, then lost again … Finally We won! Of course, victory is the most important, but obviously the lessons and the conclusions have to be deducted. But this is not the most important thing now. It was a very difficult opponent, both of them have achieved very good results in doubles. It was not a simple match. Anyway, I’m very happy with the result! I think I play better day by day and enjoy the game. Obviously I have goals in singles and doubles, so after a long, 2 hours 40 minute match I went tp the gym with my coach” – said Timi.
For a long time, the match seemed to be one-sided, but later it turned out to be of the finest, most dramatic and exciting third set of Timi’s professional career. At the first part of the third set, there was no chance for the Hungarian-Czech pair, but in the end, everything turned around!
The 42-minute first act started with a pimple and ended without major battle. Timi and Hlaváčková broke to 40, then to 30, pulled out to a 3: 0 lead, then brought their own service game again. The former World No1 Hsieh, and Niculescu saved their serve from 0-40 at 5:1, then saved another set point in the eight game. But few moments later the Hungarian-Czech pair ended the set.
For a long time, Timi and her partner played confidently in the 57-minute second set. After 1:1, they broke the opponent to 40, and they retained that lead until 5:4. Then came a huge turnaround … Hsieh and Niculescu broke back to 15 (5:5), then hold their own service game to 40. The Hungarian-Czech pair then equalized, but they had no chance in the tie-break. After 1-1, the Taiwanese-Romanian team won six rallies in a row…
After the smooth finish of the tie-break, the first four games of the final set also made a huge difference. Hsieh and Niculescu broke the opponent to 0 and 15, and won their own service game to 40 and 15. It seemed that everything was decisive, the Taiwanese-Rumanian pair will reach the QF at the US Open.
Timi and Hlaváčková then presented an astounding improvement! The Hungarian-Czech pair won their serve to 15, then broke the opponent to 40. Hsieh and Niculescu led 40-15…Timi and Hlaváčková remained in motion, after 4:3, they broke to rival to 40, after 0-40 ((4:4). Indeed! The Hungarian-Czech team was reversed to 5:4, but again came the opponent’s “storm”.
After 5:5 Hsieh and Niculescu broke the fifth seeds, then led 30-15 behind the serves. However, the Hungarian-Czech pair came back and won the game. So, came the decisive tie-break.
The tie-break was “faithful” to the scenarios of the 2nd and 3rd set. Hsieh and Niculescu pulled out to 5-2 thanks to a receiver’s point. However, Timi and Hlaváčková did not give up, they won five rallies in a row and got into the QF ot the US Open.
— Official Timi Team (@TeamBabos) September 4, 2017
The Hungarian-Czech pair’s next opponent will be Sania Mirza and Shuai Peng.
The Indian player (born: 15 November, 1986) is 9th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 1st (13 April, 2015). Mirza has won 41 WTA and 4 ITFs in doubles. She was unbeaten with Martina Hingis in Wimbledon and US Open in 2015, and last year at the Australian Open. This year she was a tournament winner in Brisbane (Australia, 1 million USD, hard court, Co: Bethanie Mattek-Sands), while shw reached the final in Sydney (Australia, 776,000 USD, hard court) and Miami (United States, 7 669 423 USD, hard court, Co: Barbora Strýcova). In the Australian final she lost against against Timi and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6:4, 6:4.
The Chinese player (born: 8 January, 1986) is 10th in the world rankings, her career best was 1st (17 February, 2014). Peng has so far won 21 WTA and 3 ITF competitions in women’s doubles. She was a Champion in 2013 at Wimbledon and the WTA Finals and in 2014 at Roland Garros, with Su Wei Hsieh. The Chinese player started this season on Hlaváčková’s side. Peng and her Czech counterpart were undefeated in Shenzhen (750 000 USD, hard court), then they reached the final at the Australian Open and Dubai (United Arab Emirates, 2 666 000 USD, hard court).