Hon’s Australian Open qualifying hopes roll on
Priscilla Hon's dream of qualifying for the Australian Open after a come from behind win over fifth seed Yanina Wickmayer.
Brisbane teenager Priscilla Hon has an unlikely request for a tennis player, as she bids to win through to the Australian Open main draw.
Hon is a match away from the main draw at Melbourne Park after defeating highly credentialed Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 2-6 7-5 6-1.
The 19-year-old overcame the fifth qualifying seed, a US Open semi-finalist, and a long rain delay which came a point into the third set.
After the court was mopped up, the Australian raced to a 5-0 lead and closed out the best win of her career.
“This is a dream,” she said.
“I was just, ‘think you’re still losing. Don’t even think that you’re up’, I don’t know how to describe it.”
She thanked the weather gods for the chance for a freshen up.
“I don’t mind rain delays. Everyone kind of freaks out but it makes me chilled,” she said.
Hon played in the 2016 Australian Open as a 17-year-old, falling to Germany’s Annika Beck 6-0 6-3.
She was denied the chance to return to her home grand slam last year when she snapped two ligaments in her ankle.
Hon was the only one of eight Australians this wek to reach the second round of qualifying.
On Saturday, she’ll face American Irina Falconi in the hope of returning to one of the biggest biggest stages in tennis.
Bradley Mousley and John-Patrick Smith have also won through to the final round of qualifying.
Bernard Tomic and James Duckworth have the chance to join them with second-round matches later on Friday.