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