Widjaja Works for Win at WTA Wismilak
Posted on September 12, 2006
BALI, Indonesia -- Former champion Angelique Widjaja won her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour main draw singles match in two years. The Indonesian defeated American Sunitha Rao, 63 64, Monday at the Wismilak International, a Tier III hardcourt event in South East Asia.
World No.321 Wismilak, who received a wild card for the main draw, made a name for herself here five years ago in her Tour debut. At 16 years, eight months and 18 days, she became the youngest player to win a tournament all season. The Indonesian overcame lots of obstacles en route to her first Tour trophy. She saved two match points in her quarterfinal and received a standing ovation after her two-hour, 57-minute semifinal. She also saved four set points in the second set of her final against Joannette Kruger.
Widjaja also made the quarters here in 2003 and 2004 and won the doubles title in 2003 with Maria Vento-Kabchi. A left knee injury kept her away from Tour competition last year. She competed in three Tour events this year but fell in the first round. Her next opponent here is either No.5 seed Daniela Hantuchova or Melinda Czink.
Andreja Klepac, Trudi Musgrave, Sandy Gumulya and Ayu Fani Damayanti won their final qualifying matches to save a spot in the main draw.
On Tuesday, defending champion and No.3 seed Lindsay Davenport, No.5 Daniela Hantuchova and No.6 Marion Bartoli will play on centre court.