Babos In line for double crown at Tashkent Open

29 September, 19:35

Tashkent, September 29:  Second seeded Timea Babos of Hungary placed herself in line for a Double crown reaching the Singles and the doubles finals   at the 19th edition of Tashkent Open WTA Championships being played at the Olympic tennis School in Tashkent.

In the singles final the world no 52 Babos will take on experienced Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine ranked 133 to decide the new champion here.

In the semifinals played on a cold day, 24 year old Hungarian Babos took 1 hr and 6 minutes to record a 6-1, 6-4 win over 119 ranked 19 year old Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus .In the other semis 33 year old Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko won a tight first set against former world No 2 Vera Zvonareva who retired at scores  reading 7-6(7) 4-1

In the doubles semi-finals top seeded Babos in tandem with Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic scored a 6-2, 6-3 win over fourth seeds Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Ipek Soylu of Turkey. Second seeds Nao Hibino of Japan and Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia saved three match points o overcome third seeds Kateryna Bondarenko and Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia upset 6-4,3-6,12-10 .

In the first semifinals  Timea Babos raced to  win the  first set 6-1 .  In the second set Babos lead 4-1, but  Sabalenka showed signs of a comeback  breaking Babos in the 6th game and holding on to the 7th game to narrow lead .. In the 8th game Babos survived two breakpoints , but managed to hold on a edge ahead 5-3 , Sabalenka held on to her 9th game , In the ensuing 10th game  Babos served out  to win 6-4 and  enter her  third tour  final of the year after Budapest and Quebec City. Babos served 10 aces in the match 

Babos who looked solid this week not having lost a set in the tournament yet  said "  I'm happy to make the finals , in  the second set I lost a little intensity and power in my shots  but at the end  I  managed better , I will enjoy playing the finals with Kateryna  we have big battles earlier,  she has pushed me to play my best tennis , so looking forward  to the finals."

Babos who won the doubles title in 2013 with Yaraslova Shvedova   , said  Its second tournament  in row that I'm in the singles finals   ,  last week  I was in the doubles finals as well,  It’s actually  not easy to be playing singles and doubles at same time   at the end of the season , but I said I shall give it my  push in the  last 3-4 events I  have left and  then can have a well-deserved break .

In the second semifinals Vera  Zvonareva Broke Bondarenko in the seventh game to go up 4-3 , Bondarenko broke back in the 10th game to level scores at 5-5 , in the tiebreak Bondarenko missed a set point at 6-5 , and , Zvonerava missed set point serving a double fault  at 7-6 and let Bondarenko come back.  .

At 7-7 in the tiebreak  Bondarenko hit a running cross court winner  to gain her second set point and took the set with a blistering forehand down the line  to win the set 7-6(9-7) in 58 mins . Zvonerava who qualified for the event looked tired and called for medical help at 1-4 and decided to retire from the match, letting Bondarenko into the finals

"I'm happy with the two matches I played today  ,  I had a tough semis earlier, I  played like my coach told me ,  to keep many balls back in court and go for the winner at the first opportunity, I knew she would be tired too , it was great first set and some good tennis too:   I'm not thinking much about the finals but will give all that I have " said Bondarenko after her win 

Early in the day after rains forced cancellation of play yesterday, Zvonareva upset sixth seed Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 29 minutes, while Kateryna Bondarenko overcame her roller coaster game to get the better of Japanese Kurumi Nara 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in a 2 hr 12 min quarterfinal.

   

Following are the results ( Quarterfinals Singles)

Q. Vear Zvonareva (Rus) bt Aleksandra Krunic (S.6) 6-4,6-3

Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) bt Kurumi Nara ( Jpn)  6-2,5-7,6-4

 

Semifinals Singles

Timea Babos (S.2) (Hun)  bt  Aryna Sabalenka (Blr) 6-4,6-3

Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) bt (Q) Vera Zvonareva (Rus) 7-6(7),4-1 retd

 

Semifinals Doubles :

Timea Babos(Hun) / Andrea Hlavackova (Cze)(S.1) bt Irina Khromacheva (Rus)/ Ipek Soylu (Tur) (S.4)   6-2,6-3

 

 Nao Hibino (Jpn)/ Oksana Kalashnikova ( Geo) (S.2) bt 
Kateryna Bondarenko(Ukr)/Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) (S.3)  6-4,3-6,12-10

Kirsten
Flipkens

Date of Birth: 10 Jan 1986
Birthplace: Geel, Belgium
Height: 5’ 5" (1.65 m)
Plays: Right-handed
WTA Singles Ranking – 72 (As of August 14, 2017)



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