Hives onto next round after tight, three-set win

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE: Zoe Hives playing in Ballarat in 2017 at the Open Women's Platinum AMT. Picture: Dylan Burns.
SURVIVE AND ADVANCE: Zoe Hives playing in Ballarat in 2017 at the Open Women's Platinum AMT. Picture: Dylan Burns.

Zoe Hives has moved on to the round of 16 at the ITF World Tennis Tour event in Darwin following a rousing three sets victory over fellow Victorian Jamiee Fourlis.

Hives took the opening set 6-3 thanks in part to a her ability to hold onto her service games, winning all five.

The second set was a different story as Fourlis took control of errors from Hives, winning five games in a row to take the set 6-3.

Things were looking grim for Hives, as Fourlis took the opening two games in the final set, forcing the Kingston native to lift her performance.

Hives would win three of the next four games to draw even with her opponent at three games before pulling away from Fourlis and securing a 6-3 final game victory.

Hives will meet Japanese 24-year-old Nagi Hanatani in the round of 16 on Thursday.

The two have never faced off before. Hanatani, having secured her spot in the tournament as a qualifier, is coming off three consecutive victories heading into the match-up with the top-seeded Hives.

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