Daily News Hungary | Feb 22, 2019 | 1
Tímea Babos to play at the Tennis World Championships
Tímea Babos is going to be there in Singapore, at the last competition of the WTA-series. And yes, that is the World Championships of tennis where only the best can step on court.
Hosszabitas.hu writes that it became clear last Saturday that Timi and her partner Kristina Mladenovic made it. It is a huge achievement even if it is ‘only’ the women’s doubles. This has never been done by a Hungarian tennis player before. Even though they are not Grand Slam winners (yet), they were qualified because of their 5th place on the ATP World Tour ranking. Every year, the 8 best players, in this case doubles are qualified to play in Singapore. There is no chance that 3 doubles could get before them in the meantime, so this is now for sure!
“I’ve been waiting for the moment when they make our appearance official for days. I am very happy, this is huge! This is the goal we set in the beginning of the year concerning doubles. Although we haven’t won a Grand Slam, we did pretty well with Kristina this year. This is going to be her first time also. And I’m going to be the first Hungarian woman to play in doubles at the World Championships. This is a great honour and is very motivating. Thank you for everyone who has supported me! Thank you Thomas, my family and my fans!” wrote Timi on her official site.
“The girls had two goals for this year: to qualify themselves to the World Championships and to win a Grand Slam. Even though they weren’t able to win a Grand Slam, they have many achievements to be proud of. We knew that Timi is a great doubles player for a long time. She won many competitions as a junior for instance 3 Grand Slams. Then, she continued successfully among the adults seeing that she almost had different partners from week to week. We can be really proud of her achievement just like the Hungarian tennis society.” said Csaba Babos, Timi’s father and trainer, the leader of the technical team.
Timi was among the best doubles players even as a junior. She won at the Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open with Sloane Stephens in 2010.
This year, the double won in Dubai, Marrakesh and Rome. They defeated the World N°1 Martina Hingis-Sania Mirza duo in the Italian capital. They reached the semi-finals in Wimbledon, where Timi made it into the finals in mixed doubles category with Alexander Peya.
These achievements all show that the girls have a fair chance at the World Championships. Good luck for them!
translated by Alexandra Béni