26/10/2017 – Timi is the first Hungarian semifinalist in that event.
|WTA FINALS 2017 (7 000 000 USD, INDOOR CARPET), DOUBLES, QUARTER-FINAL|
|Tímea Babos, Andrea Hlaváčková (Hungarian, Czech, 3)-Andreja Klepač, María José Martínez Sánchez (Slovenian, Spanish) 6:3, 6:4|
The match lasted 1 hour 22 minutes in Singapore.
“I’m really happy with today’s win, it was not a simple match! We met a very tricky and difficult opponent. All in all We played very well both, so I could be happy! It’s a great thing to play semifinals at the WTA Finals. This was the first time in My career, which cause a happiness. The most important thing in today’s match was to force Our own game to the other pair. I think we did this, we were aggressive all the time. I’m delighted with My own performance because I have practiced so much in recent days. I’ve got a lot to do with My play at the net and it’s getting better. Hopefully, We have two more matches, so go ahead! On Friday We will have a day of rest, but I will have a training, I will continue to practice the doubles elements” – said Timi.
Andrea Temesvári in 1984 and 1985 in singles, while Timi in 2015 and 2016 tried to reach the semifinal at the season-ending WTA Championships. But without success. In 2017, in Singapore, Timi made a great start on Andrea Hlaváčková’s side and she celebrate another fantastic success: she is the first Hungarian player in the semifinal of the WTA Finals!!!
The 3rd seed pair played very well, they served almost perfectly, which was the most important thing for the success.
In the 43-minute opening act, Timi and Andrea Hlaváčková won their opponent’s serve after 1:1, to 15, and this advantage was confidently preserved. The Hungarian-Czech pair hold the next two service games to 30, then in the seventh game, they had two more break points. The Slovenian-Spanish team saved that long game, but could not saved the set.
Timi and her Czech partner won the next game to 15, then broke the rival to 15.
The 3rd seed pair played well in the first part of the second set. After 3:2, they broke the opponent to 30, then led 5:2.
At 5:3, Timi served for the semifinal, but after 30-30 she made a double fault, and find the net from the baseline…Fortunately, the Hungarian youngster Andrea Hlaváčková had a quick shot from this position! Klepač led to 40-30 behind the serves, but ultimately with some good luck the Hungarian-Czech pair turn the game around. Timi and her partner used the first match point and reached the semifinal.
The Hungarian-Czech pair’s opponent on Saturday will be the first said team of Yung Jan Chan (Taiwanese) and Martina Hingis. The Swiss star on Thursday announced her retirement.
The Taiwanese player (born: 17 August, 1989), is ranked 1st in the world rankings, this is her career best naturally. So far she has won 28 WTA and 18 ITF events: she was finalist in 2007 at the Australian Open and at Roland Garros, and again in 2015 at the Australian Open. She recently won the US Open with her current partner. This year, she remained unbeaten at Indian Wells (USA, 7 669 423 USD, hard court), in Madrid (Spain, 3 439 350 USD, clay), in Rome (Italy 3 076 495 USD, clay), at Mallorca (Spain, 250 000 USD, grass), in Eastbourne, (England, 891 000 USD, grass), in Cincinnati (USA, 2 836 904 USD, hard court), in Wuhan (China, 2 666 000 USD, hard court) and in Beijing (China 7 027 063 USD, hard court). All time her partner was Hingis.
The Swiss player, (born: 30 September, 1980), was a World No1 both in singles and doubles, now she returned to the top place in doubles. Hingis has won 64 WTA and 1 ITF tournaments in doubles. She was a Champion in Women’s Doubles at the Australian Open in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2016, at the Roland Garros in 1998 and 2000, Wimbledon in 1996, 1998 and 2015, and in the US Open in 1998, in 2015 and in 2017.
In this year’s Madrid final, Chan and Hingis won 6:4, 6:3 and in the Beijing final 6:1, 6:4 against Timi and her partner. The Taiwanese pair won 6:3, 6:2 in the quarter-final in Cincinnati against the Hungarian-Czech team.
— WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 26, 2017