21/04/2019 – Timi lost the tie-break from 4-0 in the second act, then won the third set to 6:1.
|TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP (250 000 USD, CLAY), QUALIFIYING, ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 5)-Barbara Haas (Austrian) 7:5, 6:7 (4-7), 6:1|
The match lasted 2 hours and 49 minutes in Istanbul.
At the beginning of the 61-minute opening act, the Austrian player won her opponent’s serve to 30, then led to 2:0. In the fourth game, Timi broke to 40 after a big battle, and then brought her own game (3:2) after three break points. The Hungarian player broke to 30 after 4:3, but then lost her serve from 30-0.
At the decisive part of the set, Timi was better again: she won her own game from 40 after a big battle, then broke to 30.
In the 63-minute second set Haas led to 2:0, then 3:2 with a break, but the Hungarian player equalized twice. After 4:3, Timi got three break chances, but eventually her opponent hold her own game. Soon an interesting tie-break came…
Timi jumped to a 4-0 lead, but unfortunately she lost seven rallies in a row. So, the decisive third act came.
Despite the 6:1 score, the decisive set was interesting and full of important moments. In the opening game, the Hungarian player used the fifth chance and broke Haas, then and in the third game, she lost only two rallies as a receiver. After 3:0, Timi brought her own game from 0-40, then broke to 15.
Haas didn’t give up at 0:5, won her opponent’s game from a match point, then saved another four match points behind the serves. Fortunately, Tim fought hardly and lived with the sixth chance, reach the second round of the qualies.
The Hungarian player’s opponent will be Elena Rybakina for the main draw.
Rybakina (born: 17 June, 1999 in Moscow) represents Kazakhstan from 2018. She is 161st int he World Rankings, with a career best position of 143rd (1 April 2019). So far, she has won 4 ITF events in singles.