Hon exits in Perth quarters
Returning Queensland teen Priscilla Hon has been defeated in the quarterfinals at the first of two $25,000 ITF events in Perth.
The last remaining Australian, Priscilla Hon, has fallen at the quarterfinal stage of the Perth Tennis International #1 after losing 6-0 6-2 to Czech qualifier Marketa Vondrousova on Friday.
On the comeback trail after sitting out the end of last season, the Queenslander looked to be finding some momentum this week but wasn’t able to manage her 17-year-old opponent, who is yet to drop a match in 2017 after claiming ITF Circuit titles in Stuttgart-Stammheim and Grenoble last month.
“She’s playing really well and today she was just too good,” Hon said. “Sure I would have liked to play a bit better but I can’t say I played my worst tennis either.
“I just need to keep getting more matches under my belt. Overall, I’m pretty happy this week just to win a couple.”
Vondrousova will next face second seed Tamara Zidansek, after the Slovenian comfortably disposed of No.7 seed Na-Lae Han of Korea.
Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova, who required three sets to get past Ukrainian qualifier Katarina Zavatska, takes on Marie Bouzkova in the remaining semifinal, after the Czech defeated compatriot Barbora Krejcikova in three tight sets, rounding out their country’s domination in Perth this week.
Krejcikova was responsible for knocking out top seed Fangzhou Liu of China in the previous round.
Meanwhile, the doubles title was claimed by second seeds Junri Namigata and Riko Sawayanagi on Friday. The Japanese duo battled past top seeds Irina Maria Bara of Romania and Indian Prarthana G. Thombare 7-6(5) 4-6 [11-9].