Perth WA, Australia, 15 February 2017 | David Packman

Priscilla Hon has made her way to the second round at the Perth Tennis International #1 after a three-set tussle with fellow Australian Naiktha Bains on Tuesday.

The Queensland teenager dropped the opening set but recovered to claim victory 4-6 6-1 6-4 in nearly three hours.

“I haven’t had many matches over the last few months, so I just wanted to go out there and give it all I’ve got,” Hon said. “Even if I wasn’t playing my best tennis, I just wanted to keep fighting and not give up.”

After reaching a career-high ranking of world No.315 a year ago, Hon has most recently spent some time on the sidelines. “I thought I’d take a bit of break to reflect and get some motivation to go back and start again,” she said.

“Since then, I’ve been training hard and it’s all going in the right way.”

Even though she lost early in qualifying last week in Launceston, Hon feels like her confidence is returning. “My last two weeks haven’t been great, but I’m still noticing improvements mentally within myself,” she said.

“I feel like I’m building a little bit of momentum each week and continuing to learn.”

It wasn’t a great day in Perth for the other Australians in action as Olivia Rogowska bowed out to No.8 seed Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia in straight sets and wildcard Abbie Myers lost to Frenchwoman Alize Lim, pocketing just two games.

Remaining Australian wildcard Baijing Lin will take on British qualifier Freya Christie on Wednesday in an opening round clash while Hon will next play the winner of Japan’s No.6 seed Riko Sawayanagi and British qualifier Katie Boulter.

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