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French Open glory for Indonesian junior player

  • <B>Andre Janis</B>

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 11 2008   /  10:37 am

Having waited for more than six years since Angelique Widjaja became the first Indonesian to win a junior Grand Slam championship -- at the 2001 Wimbledon, followed by the 2002 French Open Junior, plus a girls' doubles title at the 2002 Australian Open -- Indonesia now has another junior Grand Slam champion: Christopher Rungkat. Pairing with Henri Kontinen of Finland, with an International Tennis Federation's combined ranking of 22, Christopher, ranked 40 in world's juniors, showed his experience in playing doubles. In the final, they managed to keep focused on each point and convincingly destroyed the German-Australian duo of Jaan-Frederik Brunken and Matt Reid in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. At the beginning of the tournament only a few people predicted that Christopher and Henri would go very far, particularly with their difficult draw. The top seeded pair of Hen...