COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Timea Babos was pushed to the brink of defeat on Monday by Kimiko Date-Krumm, who played her first WTA match more than four years before the Hungarian was born. However, Babos prevailed to reach the second round of the third edition of the e-Boks Open.
The clash between the 18-year-old Babos and the 41-year-old Date-Krumm featured the rare occurrence of a teenager playing someone over 40. The last two times that happened on the WTA, Date-Krumm was victorious over the then 16-year-old Laura Robson in Osaka in 2010 and over the then 19-year-old Gabriela Dabrowski in Toronto qualifying last year.
Babos was coming off her two best career WTA results - a semifinal showing in Monterrey and a run to the title in Bogotá - and is the highest-ranked Hungarian at a career-best No.67. However, she started off in a 61 53 hole against Date-Krumm. Even after rallying to capture the set in a tie-break, Babos found herself down 5-2 in the third. She then took five straight games to win the match, 16 76(4) 75, despite Date-Krumm having two match points on her own serve at 5-3.
"Today was a tough match and a really big win for me," said Babos, who fell to Date-Krumm in their only previous meeting in the final of an ITF Women's Circuit event in Quanzhou. "I lost to Kimiko in January. She started off great in the first set today, so I really had to fight hard to get back in the match.
"I improved my footwork to counter Kimiko's deep, low shots, which were very effective in the first set. I also started to vary my shots a bit more, changing the pace and spins to get her moving, which I managed to do in the second and third sets. There were lots of ups and downs during the match, but luckily I came out on top and I am happy to even our head to head at one match all!"
"It was a very tough match today, and I'm very happy to go through," Brianti said. "I started the match very well and had a lot of confidence from winning the first set. She then started to play better in the second, and it got tougher. The third set was very competitive, with quite a few breaks of serve, but I managed to keep my concentration at the end and thankfully came through.
"I like playing in Copenhagen. I played here last year and had a good result, making the quarterfinals, so I have some good memories. I enjoy the conditions, and that is why I am here again this year!"
Among the first round doubles results, Alizé Cornet and Pauline Parmentier upset No.1 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic and Johanna Larsson and Jasmin Woehr beat Malou Ejdesgaard and Caroline Wozniacki.
However, the crowd will get a chance to see Wozniacki in singles Tuesday, as the two-time-defending champ plays her opener against Urszula Radwanska.