Australia’s world no. 263 Priscilla Hon has been given a singles wildcard for the upcoming Australian Open.
She missed the 2021 tournament through injury and in 2020 she had John Cain Arena rocking on her way to a round one victory over Ukraine’s Katryna Baindl (Kozlova).
After the announcement “I feel really thankful,” said Hon, whose best Australian Open result is reaching the second round in 2020.
“I’ve worked really hard to be a contender for the wildcard and actually receiving it means so much to me. I wish I didn’t need one and hopefully this will be one of my last ones before I can get in on my own ranking. I’ll keep pushing and working to make that happen.”
Hon recently defeated former Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova in the opening round at the Adelaide WTA 500 event. Kvitova is currently ranked at no. 17.
“I’m going to try keep the momentum going by not putting too much pressure on myself,” Hon said.
“I’ve built some confidence from this week and nothing changes from now on. Each match I go out there and keep working on what I have been and just enjoy it. I love being able to play at home in Australia and I want to enjoy every minute of it.”
Hon is joining previously-announced fellow Australians Storm Sanders, Maddison Inglis, Sam Stosur, and Daria Saville.