24/09/2019 – Timi broke the opponent a total of five times.
|TASHKENT OPEN (250 000 USD, HARD COURT), SINGLES,ROUND 1|
|Tímea Babos (Hungarian, 7)-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgian) 6:2, 7:5|
The match lasted 1 hour and 32 minutes.
The 42-minute first set was tight at the beginning. Timi won her opponent’s serve to 15 in the opening game, followed by an extremely long and turning part. Flipkens had a total of six break points, while the Hungarian player had four game points. At the end, the 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist finally equalized to 1:1 and then brought her own serve.
Then everything changed. Timi was effective in serving and she did a great job as a receiver. The Hungarian player won her opponent’s serve twice to 15, and hold her own game to 0 after 5:2.
The second set started well. Timi won her opponent’s serve to 30, and after 4:2 she got two breakballs. Flipkens finally brought her serve and won her opponent’s game to 15, then led 5:4.
Timi took control again, winning her serve from 15-30 and then losing one rally as a receiver! In the last game, Flipkens led 30-15, but the Hungarian player finally closed the match behind her own serve.
Timi’s next opponent will be Pauline Parmentier.
The French player (born: 31 January, 1986) is 127th in the World Rankings, with a career best position of 40th (21 July, 2008). So far, Parmentier has won 4 WTA Tour and 10 ITF events in singles.
The two players have met three times so far: Timi won 6:3, 6:2 in Poitiers in 2014 and 6:3, 6:3 in Rabat in 2016. In the 2017 season in Miami, Parmentier won 6:7, 6:2, 6:0.