Thailand proved too strong for Indonesia in the women’s tennis team final at the Southeast Asian Games in Vientiane on Saturday, sweeping both singles matches to win the gold medal.
Indonesian team manager Kresno Merdiko expressed his disappointment with his players’ failure to overcome a mental block he said contributed greatly to the defeat.
“As underdogs with nothing to lose, we should have gone all out,” Kresno said after 2-0 loss to odds-on favorite Thailand at the National Sports Complex.
In the first match, Indonesia’s Lavinia Tananta got off to a promising start as she raced to a 2-0 lead in her match against Nudnida Luangnam. But Luangnam quickly recovered and fought back to win the set 7-5.
Luangnam made short work of her error-prone Indonesian opponent in the second set to win 6-1 and put her team 1-0 up.
Indonesia’s top female tennis player Ayu Fani Damayanti failed to match World No. 100 Tamarine Tanasugarn, who recorded a 6-0, 6-2 win to give Thailand an unassailable 2-0 lead.
The redundant doubles match was not played, as it would not have changed the outcome.