28/10/2017 – Timi has once again made history in Singapore.
|WTA FINALS 2017 (7 000 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), DOUBLES, SEMIFINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 3)-Yung Jan Chan, Martina Hingis (Taiwan, Swiss, 1) 6:4, 7:6 (7-5)|
The match lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes in Singapore.
“I’m really happy about this victory, it was an amazing match! We both played well against the current best pair in the world. We played very aggressively, it was important. In the second set, our receiving games were poor, but We played well behind our serves. I had some difficult moments during the serves, and then I fell apart at the end of the set. My ankle is treated after the match. This is tennis! The official final match of the season will come, I must keep My ambitions alive. It was amazing to play against such a pair in the semifinal of the WTA Finals! It was Martina’s last game of her career, which is incredible. I also was in tear after the match point, I’m happy to play against her! It’s amazing that from a small town like Sopron, from a country that is not really a tennis country, like Hungary, I’ve got so far! I really hope that tomorrow will We play like this” – said Timi.
Timi was the first Hungarian player in the semifinal of the WTA Finals, and the match was also historic for another reason. The legend of the sport, Martina Hingis, announced on Thursday that she will finish her career with the Singapore event.
The two pairs had met three times this year, Chan and Hingis did not even lost a set against Timi and Hlaváčková. But in Singapore everything turned around!
The first semifinal of the WTA Finals was extremely exciting and close, and the audience could see great solutions! At the beginning of the 35-minute opening set, Timi and Hlaváčková received very well, and managed well the service games. After 1:1, the Hungarian-Czech pair broke Hingis to 30, then after 3:1, they won Chan’s serve to 40 (4:1).
In the next few minutes, the World No1 pair pair strengthened, winning the Hungarian player’s serve to 15, then hold tehir own serve to 15. After that, Timi and Hlaváčková returned to the road of the success: they brought the following two service games to 15! Winning the second game also meant that they closed the opening act!!!
The second ser was even closer and more exciting. Both pair paid great attention to the serves, but they were also very close to a break, at the beginning. The Hungarian-Czech team came back from 15-40 in the second game, then the next two games, both doubles saved another break point.
In the final part of the set, after 5: 5 came a scary scene. Timi slipped off at the net, then burst into her ankle. It seemed the trouble could be serious, but after a few minutes of treatment the semifinal continued.
Few minutes later, came the tie-break. This part of the match was fantastic from the point of view of the Hungarian-Czech pair. Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková led 4-2, but then lost their serve. Chan and Hingis did everything to succeed, but at 6-5 the opponent had received for the match. Timi received very well with backhand and Swiss legend was unable to play well, her shot overcame the baseline. This is how the sensation was born: the Hungarian-Czech came reached the Sunday Final!!!
Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková will meet Kiki Bertens and Johanna Lrsson in the final. The match will begin at 9 am, CET.
The Dutch player, (born: 10 December, 1991), is 25th at the world ranking, with a career best position of 23rd (9 October, 2017). Bertens has won 9 WTA and 11 ITF tournaments in this genre. This year she remained unbeaten in Auckland (New Zealand, 250 000 USD, hard court), Gstaad (Switzerland, 250 000 USD, clay), Seoul (Republic of Korea, 250 000 USD, hard court) and Linz (Austria, 250 000 USD, indorr carpet). All the time on Johanna Larsson’s side.
The Swedish player (born: 17 August, 1988) is 28th in the world rankings, with a career best position of 23rd (30 January, 2017). Larsson has won 12 WTA and 16 ITFs in this genre.
Timi has so far won 15 WTA, 1 WTA125 and 9 ITFs in doubles. She alsp was finalist twice at Wimbledon. Among the juniors she has won 3 Grand Slam tournaments in this genre. Andrea Hlaváčková has won 2 Grand Slam event, 24 WTA and 19 ITF tournaments, in 2012 she was finalist at the Olympics and at the WTA Finals.
— WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 28, 2017