Teen Gosling tennis star Babos sure of success in 2010

Timea Babos has vowed to get over her disappointment of not winning a title at the Junior Australian Open by improving her game and targeting success in the other big events this year.

GOSLING tennis starlet Timea Babos showed why she is so highly thought of at the Welwyn Garden City centre, and on the international stage, by reaching the Australian Open’s junior girls’ doubles final and singles quarter-finals.

The 16-year-old Hungarian and her Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski were beaten to the girls’ doubles title by Slovakians Jana Cepelova and Chantal Skamlova 7-6, 6-2.

Babos, who was the number one seed in both singles and doubles, reached the quarter-finals of the singles but was defeated 4-6, 6-4, 5-7 by Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

WGC’s interest in the competition was disappointed not to claim a title in Oz, but is now vowing to learn from the whole experience.


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She said: “I really wanted to win the title in Australia but it showed that I still have things to work on for 2010 which I am more hungry to improve than ever now.

“It has still been a good start to the year and it is a long season and I know I will have lots of success this year, but I want it to be at the biggest events and that is where the work I have been doing with my team at Gosling will really benefit me.”

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At the Gosling High Performance Tennis Centre Babos is looked after by a team of experts ranging from trainers to sports psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

She is programme managed by John Morris with on court coaching from John and Jamie Evans.

Daz Drake and his team are in charge of her fitness regime, Helen Emms delivers expert mental skills for the promising junior and Sergi Gomes provides all physio treatment and bio-mechanical training.

Paying tribute to those who assist her, Babos said: “I am really lucky to be given the support of such a knowledgeable and experienced team especially as I am still a junior.

“Juniors do not get this level of support at any other academy, but it shows the trust Gosling have in me.”

She added: “I know with their help I can fulfil my potential and become one of the best women’s players in the world.”

Hungarian born Timea has been training in Times Territory for a year having linked up with Gosling coach John Morris in South America in January 2009 and deciding to make Gosling her training base not long after.

Timea, who stays with a host family while in Great Britain, was coached by her father in Sopron, Hungary before making the leap to train in this country.

In 2009 the teenager reached the semi-finals of the girl’s singles at Wimbledon where she lost to eventual winner Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand.

Following her Australian exploits the youngster will now get back to her training regime.

She will be bidding to go one step further and claim a junior grand slam title at one of the other top competitions in the world later this year.

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