24/08/2019 – The Hungarian player came back from a break down in the first set, then fought very hard in the second act.
|US OPEN (57 238 700 USD, GRAND SLAM TOURNAMENT, HARD COURT), WOMEN’S SINGLES, QUALIFYING, ROUND 3|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 19)-Varvara Lepchenko (USA, 11) 7:6 (7-5), 6:4|
The match lasted 2 hour and 4 minutes in New York.
“It was a very difficult match and I was excited. Now the situation was different than in the second round: I was the player who had not lost to her current opponent before. I’m very glad that I somehow got out, I won the match. My opponent a bit surprised Me and changed tactics compared to our previous matches. The key is to win and get on the main draw” – the Hungarian player said.
At the start of the 69-minute opening act, after 1:1, Lepchenko won her opponent’s serve to 30 and led 40-15 in the next game. However, Timi fought hard and broke, and won the next own serve from 0-40.
Lepchenko then turned back from 15-40 and after 3:3 there were no more breaks in the opening act. Could have been, but at 4:5, the American player saved her serve from a set ball.
At the start of the tie-break, both players lost their serve, and after 3-2, Timi won another receiver’s point. And she taken that advantage all along!
The second set was opened by three breaks, the Hungarian player winning Lepchenko’s serve twice (to 40 each time). Timi then surely brought her two service games, then broke to 30 after 4:2. The American player did not give up, losing only one rally as a receiver in the next game and winning her serve from a match ball.
Luckily there were no more turns: Timi brought her serve to 15 so she advanced to the main draw.
The Hungarian player’s opponent will be the 28th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round.
The Spanish player (born: 3 September 1988) is 29th in the World Rankings, has a career best position of 6th (29 February, 2016). During her career she has won 2 WTA Tour and 6 ITF competitions. Suarez Navarro was a quarter-finalist at the US Open in 2013 and 2018.
The Hungarian and Spanish player have met four times so far: Suarez Navarro won 6:2, 6:2 in Flórianpolis in 2014, 6:2, 3:6, 6:4 in Birmingham in 2015, 3:6, 6:2, 6:3 in Madrid in 2016, and last year at the Australian Open 6:4, 2:6, 6:2.