Jade Hilton Earns First WTA Point
July 17, 2014
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - University of Illinois incoming freshman Jade Hilton acquired her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) point on Thursday after making it to the Round of 16 at the Evansville Tournament. Hilton originally earned a spot in the main draw of the $10,000 pro circuit event, after picking up two qualifying round victories earlier in the week.
"We are so proud of Jade's showing in Evansville and earning her first WTA point," said Illinois head coach Michelle Dasso. "When we were recruiting Jade, we were excited because we believed she was one of the hardest working players that we had come across, and she is now starting to reap the benefits of all the time she has been putting in."
In the first round of the main draw, Hilton squared off with Alina Kuzenkova, in which she defeated the Russian in a three-set thriller. Hilton took the first set 6-4 before surrendering set two, 2-6. The third set waged into a tiebreak, where Hilton gutted out a 7-6(6) victory.
The Round of 16 presented a tall task for Hilton as the Canadian born took on the No. 1 seed Caitlin Whoriskey, who bested Hilton 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
"Jade is continuing along a great path and the sky is the limit for her," added Dasso. "We can't wait to have her here on campus."
Hilton hails from Mississauga, Ontario and was a Canadian National doubles finalist in both 2012 and 2013. Hilton, along with Grace Tapak and Madie Baillon, make up the new Illini for the 2014-15 season.