Hon, Aiava to face off in Perth #2 semi
Priscilla Hon and Destanee Aiava have both posted solid wins to reach the semifinal of the second $25,000 ITF event in Perth.
Australia is guaranteed a finalist at the Perth Tennis International #2 after teenagers Priscilla Hon and Destanee Aiava won their respective semifinals at the ITF $25,000 event on Friday.
After a hiatus from the game at the end of last year, wildcard Hon is going from strength to strength, disposing of her opponent, qualifier Abigail Tere-Apisah of Papua New Guinea, 6-4 6-3 in just over 90 minutes.
“I’m so happy to get some results and see some of that hard work paying off,” Hon said. “My confidence is building all the time.”
Hon already has three ITF Circuit titles under her belt, including wins last year in Mornington and Santa Margherita Di Pula in Italy.
Aiava, 16, has been in impressive form this week, reinforced by her defeat of Czech Marketa Vondrousova, who last week made the final of the Perth Tennis International #1, and came into the match with a 22-1 win-loss streak in 2017. Aiava took control of the match early and finished with a straight sets victory, 6-3 7-6(3).
In January, Aiava became the first player born in the 2000s to win a WTA main draw match, after upsetting American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Brisbane.
While Aiava and Hon have never previously met, their encounter looks set to be an enthralling battle in what is to be a scorcher in Perth on Saturday.
“Obviously she’s playing really well, and it’s going to be tough,” Hon said.
In the remaining semifinal, Croatian qualifier Tereza Mrdeza will take on fourth seed Victoria Kuzmova from Slovakia. Both players had strong straight set wins in their quarterfinals on Friday.
Earlier in the day, the Japanese pairing of Junri Namigata and Riko Sawayanagi defeated Aussie wildcards Tammi Patterson and Olivia Rogowska 4-6 7-5 [10-6] to take out the doubles title.