Hon beats Rus to reach Korea Open quarters
Queensland teenager Priscilla Hon has continued her breakthrough week at the Korea Open, defeated Arantxa Rus to reach her first WTA quarterfinal.
Priscilla Hon has taken her winning streak in Seoul to four with a straight-sets victory over Arantxa Rus on Thursday.
In a battle of the qualifiers, 19-year-old Hon beat the former world No.61 7-5 6-4 in one hour, 45 minutes.
She closed out victory on her fourth match point with a forehand winner.
With her first-round victory, Hon won her first ever WTA main draw match. And she’s kept that going, setting up a quarterfinal with Rus’ fellow Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp.
Hogenkamp earlier beat Denisa Allertova 6-4 6-4.
Hon, currently ranked No.308, is projected to vault 75 places to No.233 – and will go even higher if she beats Hogenkamp – when the new rankings are released on Monday.
Her success mirrors the performance of fellow Queensland teen Lizette Cabrera, who on Wednesday reached her first ever WTA quarterfinal with a win over third seed Anett Kontaveit in Guangzhou.