The Jakarta Post
Indonesian tennis player Priska Madelyn Nugroho has advanced in her debut at an Asia-Pacific grand slam tournament, winning her singles opening match at the Australian Open Juniors.
In Sunday’s opener, the world No. 44 defeated South Korea’s Yeon Woo-ku 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-4 in two hours and three minutes.
“I’m really grateful to be able to win my first match in the grand slam,” the 15-year-old said in a statement. “I was still adapting to the court, which was quite windy. I made too many unforced errors in the second and third sets.”
Coach Ryan Tanujoyo said Priska had the opportunity to win the match quickly, especially after the 6-4 tiebreaker in the second set.
“But her opponent did really well as she took over the set by winning 9-7. It happened again in the final set – when Priska already led 5-2, but she made too many unforced errors. Fortunately, Priska still made it and won the set 6-4,” he said.
In the second round on Tuesday, Priska will play against sixth seed Ma Lea of the United States. Junior world No. 19 Lea beat Russia’s Elina Avanesyan 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 on her opener on Sunday.
Meanwhile on Monday, Priska is scheduled to play with China’s Wei Sijia in a girls doubles’ opener against Thailand’s Thasaporn Naklo and Mananchaya Sawangkaew.
“[Wei and I] know each other quite well because we often share training sessions, including one in Bangkok at the end of last year.
“Wish us well. Hopefully, we can surprise,” said Priska. (nkn)