In October 2017 Canberra’s Alison Bai faced the no. 1 seed in a Canberra tournament. She walked away on that day as the winner, that match was played on a hard court.
Once again taking on the no. 1 seed in her home city, this time on clay, Bai was not able to repeat her 2017 success.
Priscilla Hon is the world no. 136 and the no. 1 seed. She convincingly defeated world no. 349 Bai 6-3, 6-1. Hon’s big serve and groundstrokes proving too much for Bai to handle.
Hon next faces former world no. 60 and current no. 258 from Turkey Cagla Buyukakcay. The Turk came back from losing the first set 6-0 against Japan’s Miyabi Inoue. Buyukakcay winning through to the quarterfinals 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Last week’s semifinalist and a past champion on clay in Canberra Eri Hozumi defeated France’s Caroline Romeo to set up an all-Japanese match against Miharu Imanishi.
Today Imanishi defeated Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova 6-3, 6-3. In the previous round the Slovakian had defeated Jaimee Fourlis, the defending champion.
Eri Hozumi is a finalist at a Grand Slam. She made history with Makoto Ninomiya when at the French Open in 2018 they became the first all-Japanese team to reach a Grand Slam doubles final.
In a battle of the qualifiers, it was Canada’s world no. 405 Leylah Annie Fernandez that defeated Australia’s world no. 369 Maddison Inglis in a tough three-set battle. Fernandez winning the match 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(3). The match lasted 3 hours and 28 minutes.
Inglis was backing up from another long three-set battle against Naiktha Bains, that match lasted 3 hours 17 minutes.
Fernandez will play Australia’s Olivia Rogowska a semifinalist in the tournament last week. Rogowska defeated Japan’s Haruka Kaji 6-3, 6-2.
In the last of the quarterfinals, it will be Australia’s Abbie Myers against Romania’s Irina Maria Bara, the Romanian is the second seed for the tournament.
Myers defeated another Romanian in the second round, on this occasion it was Alexandra Damaschin, Myers winning comfortably 6-3, 6-3.
Bara booked her spot in the quarters after also winning her match 6-3, 6-3, that was against German qualifier Romy Koelzer.
If Hon is able to go all the way and win the ACT Clay Court International #2 she will sit at around no. 125 on the rankings with 487 rankings points. That will see her 139 points from the top-100.
The winner of this tournament earns $3,919 US and receives 50 rankings points. The runner-up earns $2091 US and receives 30 rankings points. The losers in quarterfinals will take home $654 US and bank nine rankings points.
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