Results Adelaide International, Priscilla Hon, Petra Kvitova, Hon ranking
Australian tennis player Priscilla Hon claimed the biggest victory of her young career at the Adelaide International, beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 on Monday.
The 23-year-old’s victory over Kvitova, an opponent ranked 246 places above her, was the first victory against one of the 20 best players of her career.
The almighty upheaval is even more staggering when you factor in the duo’s career prize, as Hon’s earnings of AUD $ 696,000 are paltry compared to Kvitova’s AUD $ 33 million.
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It was a moment of triumph for the world number 263 who appeared to be utterly in disbelief at what had transpired during the two hour and 19 minute battle at the iconic Memorial Drive tennis center.
“It doesn’t look real right now,” Hon said.
“So happy I can’t explain how much.
“I waited for this moment.”
It was a close fight in the first set as neither player gave up on serve, but Kvitova proved her mettle by taking an early lead in the tie-break and never letting go.
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It looked like the Czech star would sideline Hon in the second set, beating the Australian to take a 4-2 lead.
However, the Brisbane native came back in force to beat Kvitova twice in an effort to improve the score to one set apiece.
Hon never gave up from that point on, taking a 4-0 lead in the final set.
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Kvitova managed to recover two games, but it was ultimately not enough, as Hon achieved the biggest upheaval of his young career.
The victory was made even sweeter by Hon’s lengthy layoff following a hip injury last year.
“I was injured for almost a year, so I was even more motivated to go on tour and focus on what I wanted to do for the past two years,” said Hon.
“Pretty proud of how I held up at the end – I worked really hard on it and stayed calm.
“Obviously the best players don’t give it to you so you have to really work hard for that. “