After 18 years, the Indonesian tennis player has made history again in the grand slam event. Priska Madelyn Nugroho continued in the footsteps of Angelique Widjaja who successfully won the Australian Open title at the junior level.
In the women’s doubles final on Friday (31/1), Priska who is paired with Alexandra Eala (Philippines) silenced Ziva Falkner (Slovakia) / Matilda Mutavdzic (England) in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Priska’s achievement repeats Angelique’s achievements in the 2002 edition. At that time, he and Gisela Dulko (Argentina) defeated the duet Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) / Matea Mezak (Croatia) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the top party.
Yesterday’s match took place in extreme heat conditions. Namely, 42 degrees Celsius. The situation made the match was postponed several times.
Initially, the women’s doubles final was scheduled to take place at 15:00 Melbourne time (11:00 WIB), but only took place at 18.30 (14.30 WIB). For the past two years, the Australian Open has adopted a policy of extreme heat. Namely, the organizer can postpone or stop the match if the air temperature passes 39 degrees Celsius.
” Today we played very well from beginning to end. Even though the conditions have been waiting for hours because the temperature is too high, we managed to manage stay calm and focus, “Priska was quoted as saying by Tennis Indonesia.
Furthermore, Priska will be a mainstay of the Indonesian team in the Fed Zone zone I Asia / Oceania. Both in singles and women’s doubles. The event will take place at the Daulet National Tennis Center, Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, on February 4-8, 2020.
Previously, the event was scheduled to take place in Dongguan, China. However, the outbreak of the corona virus moved the location of the tournament.