Hives claims ITF title with stellar performance in Toowoomba

Kingston tennis star Zoe Hives had a breakthrough weekend, claiming the Toowoomba International.

The tournament was Hives’ fourth event back after a three-month layoff during the year with bone stress to her rib.

After a couple of early exits upon return, Sunday delivered the result the 21-year-old was seeking. Hives dominated the International Tennis Federation circuit final, beating number five seed Ellen Perez 6-0, 6-2.

After dropping the first set of the week in her opening round, Hives then won 10 sets in a row en route to the championship.

Hives in now ranked 309 in the world.

She will continue to hit the matchcourt as she builds towards a strong Australian summer.


R32 Katy Dunne 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

R16 Naiktha Bains 7-6 (10), 6-0

QF def Astra Sharma 6-3, 6-4

SF def Lee Ya-hsuan 6-4, 7-5

F def Ellen Perez 6-0, 6-2

The Courier, October 15, 2018 | Daniel Short

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