21 May 2019

Sport: PNG tennis players makes history in Singapore

From , 3:01 pm on 21 May 2019

Papua New Guinea tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah has made history as the first Pacific Island woman to win a professional singles title.

Playing in her first ITF tournament in two months, the 26 year old beat the top seed, Russia's Valeria Savinykh, in straight sets in the final of the US$25,000 ITF event in Singapore on Sunday to cap a memorable week in which she also finished runner up in the doubles event with her partner Rutuja Bhosale.

The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup player told Vinnie Wylie the result was all the more satisfying after battling through the stifling hot temperatures out on court, which peaked in the mid to high 30s.

PNG tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah.

PNG tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah. Photo: Supplied