Zoe Hives is making the most of playing at home, this time booking a spot in the quarterfinals of the Darwin International. After taking out Jaimee Fourlis in three sets in Round 1, Hives needed just over an hour to dismiss Japanese qualifier Nagi Hanatani 6-0 6-2.
“I’m really enjoying being back,” Hives said. “It was pretty windy out there but I got through the conditions well and I’m happy with how I’m playing”. Sitting at a personal best ranking of No.149 on the WTA Charts, Hives is having her personal best season so far that includes her first win at a major – making the second round at The Australian Open on debut in January.
“It’s a different position for sure, but it’s been a long year actually,” she said. “My first time playing a full year, travelling and everything, so it’s been really good but I’m definitely still getting used to it”.
She further added, “I guess I know what I can do now. If I play well I can get some good results, but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself, just trying to enjoy it and see how I go. Just being back home gives me more energy, knowing what everything’s like and having played these tournaments before”.
Hives will face Abbie Myers for a place in the semi-finals, after the player hailing from Sydney upset tournament No.7 seed Ayano Shimuzu of Japan in straight sets.