By Michael Stokoe
Timea Babos overcame Camila Giorgi in the first round of the AEGON International 6-4, 7-6 as the Hungarian just got the better of her Italian counterpart.
It was a closely fought battle throughout with both players playing some impressive tennis; but come the final it was Babos that just shaded the match.
It was in-fact Giorgi who started the better of the. And for such a petit player, the 24-year-old Italian had some serious power in her forehand, and at times, her serve.
Babos was struggling with the ferocity and pin-point accuracy of Giorgi’s shots and for the Italian an impressive opening to the first set saw her lead the first set 3-2.
But after getting the first set back to level terms Babos took control, and started to feel her way into the game.
And from there Babos really began to assert her dominance on the game, her service game got better, and from the baseline she was making Giorgi move all around the court with some terrifically placed shots, much to the delight of Court One.
The second set again was much like the first, a very closely fought contest. Each player was not prepared to give an inch. Giorgi’s serve was at times her downfall; too many times the Italian gave points away which handed Babos the advantage.
The game ebbed and flowed; at one point Giorgi looked to have the advantage, and just as the Italian looked to press on, Babos wrestled back some momentum.
And when the game entered the tie-break it was Babos who held her nerve to progress to the second round where she will now play two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.