ZOE Hives will play for a place in the Australian Open.
CHAMP: Kingston tennis star Zoe Hives hopes to a make a mark when she fights for a wildcard spot in the Australian Open.
Hives has been granted a berth in the Open wildcard play-off at Melbourne Park from Monday, December 14.
This is a massive boost for the Kingston19-year-old tennis player, who is on the comeback trail after a knee injury.
Hives has played just the one full-scale tournament in recent months.
Hives played atthe Victorian Hardcourt Championships after recovering from aminor tear in her right patella while playing in the United States in August.
She reached the hardcourt semi-finals at Mt Waverley on Thursday.
Hives, who took the opportunity while away from the game to complete her VCE as well as undergoing an extensive rehabilitation program, said it had been great to be back on court playing tournament tennis again.
She told The Courier that she had pulled up “pretty sore” after the hardcourts, in which she spent more than three hours on court in the one day playing back-to-back quarter and semi-finals.
“It was tough, but the more I play the better it’ll be.”
Hives said she would spend most of the next week playing practice sets as she worked to regain her match sense.
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