Madison Keys vs. Timea Babos, US Open R1 Preview

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Madison Keys begins her 2020 US Open campaign with a first round showdown against Hungary’s Timea Babos. Keys, the runner-up at the event in 2017 can look to this year’s decimated draw as an opportunity to go on another deep run a major event. Keys has reached the semi-finals of better at a Grand Slam on 4 previous occasions but is still yet to achieve her ultimate goal in winning a major.

Keys hasn’t had the ideal preparation for this year’s US Open. Keys has competed in just 1 event since the tour restart, an opening round loss to Ons Jabeur at the Western & Southern Open last week. The good news for Keys is that she has a fantastic record at Flushing Meadows. The American has reached the second week at the US Open in each of the last 5 years, including a runner-up appearance in 2017 and a semi-final showing in 2018, her best record at any tournament.

Timea Babos enters this first round clash having not played a match since the start of march. Babos hasn’t been involved in any tournament since the tour resumption, not for singles or doubles. In fact, the 27-year-old hasn’t won a main draw singles match at the tour level in almost 11 months.

Keys holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Babos. The most recent match between the pair took place on clay in Rome back in 2016, Keys won that match 7-6 6-4.

On paper this looks like an easy match for Keys, the 7th seed coming up against a player ranked outside the top 100. However, both have limited form to read heading into this match, both are sure to be rusty, both have powerful games that can be very hit-or-miss. I’ll give Keys the benefit of the doubt given her fantastic record at Flushing Meadows and overall a much better base level over the last 12 months. Don’t expect to see many long rallies in this one.

Prediction: Madison Keys to defeat Timea Babos in 3 sets
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Yulia Putintseva vs. Timea Babos, Indian Wells R1 Preview

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Yulia Putintseva and Timea Babos will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the first round stage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This match-up will feature a big contrast in styles, the speed of Putintseva against the power of Babos, who will prevail?

Yulia Putintseva made a promising start to the season with a quarter-final showing in Sydney before upsetting Barbora Strycova at the opening round stage of the Australian Open. However, since then Putintseva has lost 3 consecutive matches and arrives in Indian Wells in need of a form reversal.

The singles career of Timea Babos has completely fallen apart in recent times. Babos currently finds herself just outside the top 100 and has really struggled just to win matches on the singles court. Babos has lost 20 of her last 26 singles matches on the WTA tour and has won 2 from 8 matches in 2019.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out with both players in desperate need of a victory. Will the power of Babos be too much for Putintseva to handle or will the feisty Kazakh’s versatility trouble the Hungarian?

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Timea Babos vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Birmingham R1 Preview

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Timea Babos and Mihaela Buzarnescu will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage of the Nature Valley classic in Birmingham. This is an interesting match-up because of the of the great contrast in styles between the pair, the big hitting of Babos against the consistency and versatility of Buzarnescu.

Timea Babos unsurprisingly struggled during the clay court swing, ultimately it ended in disaster for Babos when she suffered an opening round exit at Roland Garros at the hands of Lara Arruabarrena. Grass is a surface that should be much more favourable for Babos, however she did suffer opening round losses in all 4 of her events on grass in 2017, it is hard to know what to expect from the Hungarian.

Mihaela Buzarnescu made a decent start to her grass court campaign last week in Nottingham as she reached her first quarter-final on a grass court. Buzarnescu claimed a couple of tough wins over Veronica Cepede Royg and Irina-Falconi before succumbing to Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

Will it be power of consistency that prevails here?

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Maria Sharapova vs Timea Babos, U.S Open R2 Preview

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Maria Sharapova will be back in action on Wednesday, two days after her epic three set win over the second seeded Simona Halep. Sharapova will take on Hungary’s Timea Babos in the second round, an opponent the Russian has never faced before. Sharapova’s 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Halep was one of the biggest wins of Sharapova’s career given the circumstances, Maria produced such as high level of tennis for someone that was competing at a Grand Slam for the first time in 19 months. It will be interesting to see how Maria rebounds against Babos on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Timea Babos, Wimbledon R1 Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki arrives at SW19 as one of the main contenders to win the title. Wozniacki has been very consistent in 2017, across all surfaces and given the open nature of the draw there is an opportunity for the Dane to finally claim that elusive first Grand Slam title. Wozniacki will begin her 2017 Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday with a tricky opening round match against Timea Babos.

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Alize Cornet vs Timea Babos, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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Alize Cornet is always one of the players to watch at Roland Garros. Cornet has long been the local hope in Paris, the weight of expectation on Cornet has subsided recently as attention shifts to Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic. Cornet loves the spotlight and will be desperate to reignite her career with a strong performance in Paris. Cornet will begin her 2017 Roland Garros campaign with a tough opener, Cornet comes up against the big hitting Hungarian, Timea Babos.

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