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Jakarta Post

SEA Games: Indonesia solidifies second spot as women’s doubles pair ends 14-year drought in tennis

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Manila   /   Sat, December 7, 2019   /   07:44 pm
SEA Games: Indonesia solidifies second spot as women’s doubles pair ends 14-year drought in tennis Indonesian tennis players Beatrice Gumulya (right) and Jessy Rompies return the ball at the 2019 Philippines SEA Games on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Winning gold, they brought to an end a 14-year victory drought in women's doubles. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The Indonesian contingent has solidified its second position at the 2019 Philippines SEA Games by widening the gold medals gap with third-ranked Vietnam. As of Saturday afternoon, Indonesia’s haul of 151 medals comprised 50 golds, 48 silvers and 53 bronzes, while Vietnam was seven golds behind with a medal tally of 152, comprising 43 golds, 48 silvers and 61 bronzes.

Indonesia’s tennis team contributed two gold medals on Saturday, one of which was courtesy of Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies, who defeated Peangtarn Plipuech and Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in women’s doubles. Beatrice and Jessie thereby brought to an end a 14-year victory drought in women’s doubles since Wynne Prakusya and Romana Tedjakusuma last brought home the precious metal in 2005.

“It also turns out that the 2005 SEA Games was the last time [Indonesia] won gold here, just like right now. Off course, that makes us really proud,” Beatrice said as quoted by news agency Antara on Saturday.

The other gold was delivered by the mixed-doubles pair of Christopher Rungkat and Aldila Sutjiadi, who defeated another Thai pair, Tamarine Tanasugarn and Sanchai Ratiwatana, in a super-tie break with 4-6, 6-4 and 10-8.

Indonesia’s tennis team maintained the winning momentum from Friday, when Aldila Sutjiadi won gold in the women’s singles category.

In karate, Ahmad Zigi Zaresta Yudha and Krisda Aprilia each won a gold medal. Ahmad, as expected, secured gold in the men’s individual kata category with a total score of 25.06 points, while his closest rival, Vasquez John Enrico of the Philippines, collected 24.06 points to secure the silver medal, followed by Sukyik Pikanet of Thailand with 23.06 points earning him bronze.

Ahmad has shown increasing prowess in the sparring area after having secured silver in the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and bronze in the 2018 Asian Games, which were hosted by Jakarta and Palembang.

Krisda strengthened Indonesia’s standing in the sport as she clinched gold in the women’s individual kata category with a score of 24.12 points. She shared the podium with silver medalist Sarah Pangilinan of the Philippines with 23.68 points and Tararattanakul Monsicha of Thailand, who claimed bronze with 23,08 points.