By MELTON PAIS
AFTER an outstanding performance in last year’s Pacific Games in Port Moresby, PNG’s tennis star Abigail Tere-Apisah and her two nieces are making a name for themselves in Brisbane tennis circuit in Australia.
At the East Side Open in Brisbane two weeks ago, Tere-Apsiah made it into the finals but lost 3-1 in the grand final in the women’s single against Australia’s number one seed Lizette Faith Cabrera.
Tere-Apisah was rated number two in the tournament.
In the Shawn Park Open tournament in Brisbane from June 20-25, Tere-Apisah withdrew due to injury and her niece Violet Apsiah, who was seeded seven, went on to the finals and defeated seed one Lizette Faith Cabrera 6-3, 6-2.
The Apisahs then took part in the Queensland Open at the Queensland Tennis Centre, which started last Saturday and ended yesterday.
In the women’s singles, Tere-Apisah defeated Sarah Brown 6-2, 6-7 (2) 6-4 in round two and proceeded to defeat Alexandra Osborn 5-7, 6-2,6-2 in the quarterfinals.
Tere-Apisah and Cabrera were to face each other in the grand final in the women’s single at 5pm yesterday.
In the other match, (Violet) Apisah defeated her sister Patricia Apisah 7-5, 6-3 in round two before ousting Somer Dalla-Bona 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
She lost to Cabrera in the semifinals 6-3, 6-1.
In the women’s doubles, Tere-Apisah and (Patricia) Apisah made it to the grand final, which was played last night at 7pm, after defeating number one seed Cabrera and her partner Alicia Smith.
The Apisahs took on Imogen Clews and Catherine Marina Krueger last night.
By MELTON PAIS