Priscilla Hon and Olivia Rogowska have advanced to the final of the ACT Clay Court International #2 tournament in Canberra.
The Australians encountered European clay court conditions when they took to the courts at the Canberra Tennis Centre. It was cold and windy, which is often what you encounter at the French Open.
Rogowska, the 2017 Canberra International Champion on the hard courts, defeated Abbie Myers over three sets. The former world no. 102 winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a match lasting two hours 32 minutes.
In the opening set, it was Rogowska that broke Myers twice, while Myers was able to get one break back. In the second set, both players struggled to hold serve. Myers broke three times but was broken twice as she took the set to take the match to a deciding third set.
The third set was a reverse of the second with Rogowska breaking her opponent three times and Myers getting two breaks.
Hon, the no. 1 seed in Canberra won her match against Japan’s world no. 306 Miharu Imanishi 6-2, 6-4. Hon is ranked at no. 136. The Australian won the match in 1 hour 17 minutes.
The top seed was missing her shots early in the match as she adjusted to the blustery conditions, but her powerful hitting and bigger serves were too much for the Japanese player.
Hon broke Imanishi twice in the opening set and she did not face a break point as she took command of the match.
Imanishi made Hon work for her win in the second set as she broke Hon’s serve on two occasions, unfortunately, she was broken three times as Hon took the match to advance to the final.
“It was super tough out there today, so I was just really glad to get through it,” Hon said. “But I definitely know what it can be like here. I knew what to expect.”
“I don’t play many tournaments at home so I’m just really happy I got through the week. I wanted to come and get matches so I’m glad I’ve achieved that,” Hon added.
Both Hon and Rogowska have won $60k tournaments on the ITF World Tennis tour. The event in Canberra is a $25k level tournament. Rogowska has 15 ITF titles over her career and she was ranked at no. 102 back in 2014.
The 20-year-old Hon will take her ranking to around no. 129 with a title in Canberra. 27-year-old Rogowska would be ranked around no. 254 with the title.
Canberra’s Alison Bai teamed up with Victoria’s Jaimee Fourlis to win the doubles title. They defeated the no. 1 seeds and last week’s ACT Clay Court International #1 champions Naiktha Bains from Australia and Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova 6-2 6-2.