13/10/2015 – Timi won in 42 minutes and reached the last 16 in singles. In doubles, she played three sets, 74 minutes to advance to the quarter-final.
|TIANJIN OPEN (500 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos (Hungarian)-Alla Kudryavtseva (Russian) 6:0, 6:1|
|TIANJIN OPEN (500 000 USD, HARD COURT), DOUBLES, 1ST ROUND|
|Timea Babos, Magda Linette (Hungarian, Polish)-Irina Khromacheva, Ksenia Lykina (Russian), 6:1, 5:7, 10-7|
The 22-year old Hungarian player didn’t give a chance to her more routine opponent, she had chose better solution in almost every important moment. Kudryavtseva not reached a break point and she saved only two break points from a total of seven. The Russian player lost her serve five times in two sets.
In the 17-minute first set, the Hungarian player broke her opponent twice to 30, she jumped to a 4:0. Timi didn’t lost a rally as a server is this four game. After 4:0 the Russian player won three point (2 and 1). So her opponent easily finished the opening set.
At the beginning of the second set Timi hold her service game to 40, then she broke her opponent to 15. After 3:0 Kudryavtseva won her only game, but she couldn’t came back.
At 4:1 the Hungarian youngster broke her opponent again, then she closed the match to 30.
Timi’s next opponent will be the title holder, Alison Riske. The American player is ranked 91st, but seeded 7th. She lost her 2014 Tianjin points on Monday, that’s why she moved back 31 places.
The 25-year old Riske had a career-high ranking of 40 (9 June 2014). Throughout her career she has won 1 WTA and 6 ITF tournament in singles. This year she was a semifinalist in Hobart (Australia, 250,000 USD, hard court) and Nottingham (England, 250,000 USD, grass).
Last year, she won the Tianjin final 6:3, 6:4, against Belinda Bencic. The Swiss teen was World No35 by the time of the final, now she is ranked 16th.
Kristina Mladenovic plays only singles at the Tianjin Open, so Timi started with a temporary partner, Magda Linette. The Polish player is ranked 130th. Otherwise, at the 500 000 USD WTA event the World No1 pair also “broke”, Martina Hingis is playing with Han Xianyun from China, instead of Sania Mirza…
On Tuesday, Timi and Linette won easily the first, 20-minute set. They broke the opponent twice after 1:1. The 43-minute second set was much closer…Khromacheva and Lykina broke the opponent twice, second time at 6:5.
But the tie-break was one-sided, fortunately. Timi and Linette broke the opponent twice, they led 6-2, then 8-3. They closed the match at 9-7, as receivers.
The Hungarian-Polish pair will play the third seed double of Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok (Ukraine) or Carolin Daniels and Lidziya Marozava (German, Belorussian).