Inglis surges to Bendigo final
Maddison Inglis reaches third consecutive Australian Pro Tour final after upsetting Priscilla Hon in Bendigo.
Maddison Inglis defeated top seed Priscilla Hon at the Bendigo International on Saturday to set up an all-Australian final against Lizette Cabrera.
The West Australian, who recently entered the world’s top 150 for the first time (No.145), fared better in the windy conditions to take the match 6-4 6-4.
“It’s been a really good week actually and I’m just stoked to beat a player like Priscilla,” Inglis, 21, said. “It was pretty tough conditions and I don’t think either of us were feeling that great out there, but overall, I played a really solid match and that’s what you’ve got to do when it’s like that.
“It’s an awesome win for me and I’m really excited to play in the final tomorrow.”
The third seed will aim to make it two consecutive titles on the Australian Pro Tour and three finals after making the Brisbane final before taking out Toowoomba a fortnight ago. “Honestly, (the Australian Pro Tour) has been a lot better for me than I could’ve hoped for, and I’m going to do my best to keep it going. I’m really enjoying it,” she said.
Her finals opponent, Lizette Cabrera, was pushed all the way against Japan’s Kyoka Okamura, the pair requiring a deciding set tiebreaker to separate them, which the Queenslander dominated to survive 3-6 6-1 7-6(0).
Inglis and Cabrera last met in qualifying at this year’s US Open with the latter winning in straight sets. “She played really well that day and beat me pretty convincingly, so I’ll just try my best and we’ll see what happens,” Inglis said.
She returned to the court after her singles win to partner Kaylah McPhee in the doubles final, the unseeded duo defeating third seeds Naiktha Bains of Great Britain and Slovakian Tereza Mihalikova 6-3 2-6 [10-2] to claim the title.
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