US Open 2019: winning start in the qualies

US Open 2019: winning start in the qualies

21/08/2019 – Timi won the third set from a break down.

Tímea Babos (Hungarian)-Kurumi Nara Japanese) 6:1, 4:6, 6:3


The match lasted 2 hour and 1 minute in New York.


The beginning of the 31-minute first set was tight, but the sequel was one-sided. In the opening game, Timi won Nara’s serve to 15 and brought her own game from two breakpoints.


The Japanese player beautified after 2:0, then came the opponent’s time. In the fifth game, Timi took Nara’s serve to 0 and then after 5:1 to 40.


Unfortunately, the 45-minute second set brought a turn. The Japanese player was more stable and then broke to 30 after 2:2. Timi gave the same answer, but she won only two rallies in the next service game.


This advantage had already been retained by Nara, bringing the eigth game from a receiving advantage. In the next game, Timi led 40-0, and soon had to save three set balls. The Hungarian player finally brought her serve, but after that she had no chance as a receiver.


In the third game of the final act, Timi lost her serve from 40-30, but then broke to 40 in a huge battle. Then the thriller came. Nara pulled to 40-0 as a receiver and then fought for another break ball after equal. But the very motivated Hungarian player won her serve and took Nara’s serve to 15!


Timi brought her own game to 0 after 4:2, and after beautifying her opponent, she used her second match ball to reach for the second round of the qualifier.


The next opponent of the Hungarian player’s will be Lara Arruabarrena.


The Spanish player (born: 20 March, 1992) is 157th on the WTA rankings and has a career best position of 52nd (July 3, 2017). Arruabarrena has so far won 2 WTA Tour, 1 WTA125 and 12 ITF events.


The two players have met four times so far: Arruabarrena won in Eastbourne in 2013, 6: 4, 6:4, in 2015 in Nuremberg 6:2, 7:5, last year at Roland Garros 7:6, 6:3 while in Bogotá this year 6:7, 6:4, 6:1.