?? Hungarian Ladies Open, Budapest R1 Preview
?? (3) Timea Babos vs ?? Tatjana Maria
Timea Babos will begin her title defense at the Hungarian Ladies Open on Tuesday with an opening round clash against Germany’s Tatjana Maria. Babos has long been Hungary’s greatest tennis hope, it was a big moment for Babos when she won the title last year in front of her home fans. This will be the first career meeting between Babos and Maria.
Timea Babos has generally had a good last couple of months and arrives in Budapest to defend her title with confidence. Babos ignited her season at the Australian Open where she won the doubles title alongside Kristina Mladenovic. The doubles success rubbed onto the singles game of Babos as she won the title in Taipei City the week after her Australian Open triumph which was her first Grand Slam title in any form. Babos competed in Doha last week but it was a short stay as she was beaten by Elise Mertens in 3 sets in the opening round despite winning the opening set.
Tatjana Maria is yet to win a tour level match in 2018. The German has suffered 5 opening round defeats, including a comprehensive straight set loss to Carina Witthoeft in Doha last week.
It will be interesting to see if Tatjana Maria’s unique game will have any success against Babos in the first career meeting between the pair.