Australia’s world no. 136 Priscilla Hon returns to Canberra as the no. 1 seed for the $25k ITF World Tennis Tour event in Canberra.
In the opening round, Hon will take on wildcard recipient Anastasia Berezov from Australia. 15-year-old Berezov won the 16/u Australian Championships in December 2018.
Earlier this year Hon qualified for the Sydney International tournament before losing to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the round of 16. Hon then competed at the Australian Open after receiving a wildcard. She lost in the first round to fellow Australian Astra Sharma.
If Hon can claim her first singles title in Canberra she will rise to around no. 125 in the rankings, that would be a new career-high. She would then be close to cracking the top-100 and direct entry into the Grand Slams.
Hon’s biggest title to date is the ITF World Tour $60k Bendigo event which she won in October 2018.
Fourlis Defending Champion
Jaimee Fourlis is back to defend her title. In 2018 she defeated training partner Ellen Perez to claim the title. Last week’s winner, Destanee Aiava has headed over to the USA.
The no. 2 seed for the tournament is Romania’s world no. 165 Irina Maria Bara. Last week as the top seed Bara lost in the second round to eventual runner-up for the ACT Clay Court International #1 Risa Ozaki from Japan.
Ozaki stayed on in Canberra to compete this week and she faces Canberra’s Alison Bai in the opening round.
The player with the best career-high ranking is the no. 6 seed from Turkey Cagla Buyukakcay, she was ranked at no. 60 back on 12 September 2016. Buyukakcay is currently ranked at no. 258.
The tournament main draw consists of 15 Australians, six Japanese, two Germans, two Romanians, one Slovak, one Canadian, one Turk, one Taiwanese, one French, on Brit and one Indonesian player. A total of 11 countries being represented.
In round one matches played today, last weeks semifinalist from Japan Eri Hozumi defeated countrywoman Mai Minokoshi 6-3, 6-2. Australia’s Abbie Myers defeated Britain’s Francesca Jones 6-3, 6-4. Romania’s Bara came back from a set down to defeat Australia’s Kaylay Mcphee. Romania’s Alexandra Damaschin defeated Indonesia’s Aldila Sutjiadi 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.
Round one matches continue on Wednesday at the Canberra Tennis Centre. Entry is free, so get along and enjoy some world class tennis action.