World No. 263 Priscilla Hon was delighted after scoring the biggest win of her career in Adelaide on Monday. Hon, a former world No. 118, produced a major upset as she stunned world No. 17 Petra Kvitova 6-7 (4) 7-5 6-2. It was a first top-20 win for Hon.
"I can't explain how much I've been waiting for this moment," Hon said in the on-court interview, per the WTA website. "I was injured for almost a year, so I was even more pumped to come out on tour and focus on what I've been wanting to do for the past couple of years.
"Pretty proud about how I held up at the end - I've been working really hard on that and staying calm. Obviously top players don't give it to you, so you've really got to work hard for it."
Hon recovered to stun Kvitova
There wasn't much to see in the first set as both players firmly held on to their serve.
Kvitova lost the opening point of the first set tie-break but then won three in a row to take a 3-1 lead. Kvitova never looked back as she converted her first set point to win a tight opener. The first break point of the match was seen in the sixth game of the second set, when Kvitova converted to take a 4-2 lead.
However, Hon quickly responded as he broke Kvitova in the seventh game to get the break back. Hon then earned her second break of the match in the 11th game, before she saved a break point in the following game en route to serving out for the second set.
After stealing the second set from Kvitova, Hon started the third set with back-to-back breaks and a 4-0 lead. Hon then realized her fourth match point in the eighth game to complete a major upset win.