Indonesian tennis player Jessy Rompies opened her path in the Singapore ITF Women’s 25K smoothly as she outclassed sixth seed Eudice Chong of Hong Kong in the first round on Wednesday.
Entering the tournament as a wild card, Jessy braved Singapore’s heat to end Chong’s chances in a rubber game of 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
After losing the first set, Jessy said later, she changed her strategy by hitting more lobs to her opponent’s backhand side.
“But honestly, the real battle between us was to survive amid the heat during the match. Whoever could withstand it would come out as the winner,” she said in a statement.
Jessy will face Thailand’s Chompoothip Jundakate in the second round. Chompoothip, who started off as a qualifier, reached the second round after beating another Indonesian hopeful, Aldila Sutjiadi, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“I met [Chompoothip] in Hua Hin [Thailand] three years ago, and I lost the match. This is the time for revenge,” said Jessy.
In the doubles’ category, partnering with Beatrice Gumulya, Jessy also made it to the second round after outclassing Sowjanya Bavisetti of India and Zoe Kruger of South Africa 6-2 6-1.
Jessy and Beatrice are the top-seeded pair in the women’s doubles in the US$25,000 tournament. They will take on Andreea Ghitescu of Romania and Catherine Harrison of the United States in the quarterfinals.
Aldila also plays in the doubles, partnering with New Zealand’s Paige Hourigan. They beat Charmaine Shi Yi Seah of Singapore and Simona Waltert of Switzerland in the first round 6-2, 6-2. They will face Emily Appleton from the United Kingdom and Eudice Chong of Hong Kong in the quarterfinals.