The 21-year-old Brisbane native Priscilla Hon is yet to make an impression on the WTA Tour but despite that her goal remains the same, to crack the top-100 by the end of the season. Since the beginning of the year, Priscilla has gained some 40 positions on the WTA ranking list to crack the top-120, needing that extra step that would push her towards the goal and the place among the elite top-100.
Last week in Hiroshima, Hon gave her best against the top seed Su-Wei Hsieh, losing 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 despite a massive lead, learning a valuable lesson and how to perform against the better-ranked opponents next time she faced them.
Competing at one of her favorite events, Priscilla has made a winning start in Seoul, defeating Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 28 minutes to set the second-round clash with the fellow Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic. "Ajla is in really good form, she played well last week.
I've trained with her and I know her game and style of play, so it's obviously going to be a tough one." Hon said. "I feel very comfortable here in Seoul, the whole tournament is quite comfortable; it's close to the hotel, the hotel's good, and there are quite a few things I really like about it.
That's why I always come back here every year, hoping it is as good as it was 12 months ago. That match against Hsieh in Hiroshima was very important for me, the one that made me believe that I could beat her. At this level, you can't wait for the opponents to miss or something, you have to make them miss and not be scared to play the point in those tight situations, I learned that in Hsieh loss.
Reaching the top-100 is definitely achievable and that's the aim for the end of the year. I need to do something big to make that jump and hopefully, I can do that next couple of tournaments or even this week."