Australia wildcard Priscilla Hon has won her biggest match of her career so far, as she defeated Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to advance the second round of the Adelaide International on Monday.
She defeated 17th-ranked Czech 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-2, her first-ever victory over a top-40 opponent.
“It doesn’t really feel real right now. Will probably sink in later. But I’m just so happy right now. I can’t even explain how much I’ve been waiting for this moment,” said Hon, who trailed Kvitova 4-2 in the second set. Pretty proud of how I held up at the end. I’ve been working really hard at that and staying calm, and obviously against the top players they don’t give it to you, so you’ve got to really work hard for it,” she said.
Sakkari struggled for consistency and rhythm against Zidansek, battling for more than two hours to see off her opponent in the match. She showed no reaction when she broke Zidansek at love to seal victory, admitting on court afterward that she “didn’t feel great” and that “it wasn’t a good match from my side”.
This year’s Adelaide International features five world’s top 10 tennis players.