Sport: PNG tennis player on rankings high

12:00 pm on 11 April 2017

Papua New Guinea tennis player Abigail Tere Apisah has had the most successful month of her young career, notching up quarter-final appearances in two of her last five tournaments and climbing into the world top 400.

Tere-Apisah, who is now ranked 386 in the world, is currently training in Sydney.

She planned to head to the United States, where she played collegiate tennis, for more tournament play this month before looking at some grass tournaments in the UK.

Papua New Guinea tennis player Abigail Tere Apisah.

Papua New Guinea tennis player Abigail Tere Apisah. Photo: Facebook/Abigail Tere Apisah

Tere-Apisah said she was pleased with her play in 2017 so far.

"First of all my goal was to make quarter-finals just so I could rake in the points and get my ranking down," She said.

"Every new ranking that I get that is lower than before, it's an achievement itself for me, which I am happy about."

Tere-Apisah said her goal is year's end is to get under 350.

"Or even 300, but probably realistically, 350."

Tere-Apisah said she will have to balance the need for her to compete in tournaments with any international representation she undertakes.

"Whenever I am able to represent my country, it is always on the list," she said.

"But right now I have to weigh up my options because now that my ranking has dropped I can get into some higher level tournaments."

She said her participation in the December Mini-Games would have to be balanced with the amount of lead-up tournaments in Australia during that month.