Sun, 27 Feb 2000

All-Indonesian final in doubles event

JAKARTA (JP): Indonesia Women's Circuit-2 and Men's Futures-1 will see all-Indonesian finals in the doubles events at the Kemayoran Tennis Center at Central Jakarta on Sunday.

Olympics hopeful pair, Yayuk Basuki and Wynne Prakusya, unseeded in the event, outclassed top seeds Keiko Nagatomi and Ryoko Takemura of Japan 7-6, 6-2 in the women's doubles semifinals Saturday.

The Indonesians will challenge fellow countrywomen, old hand Irawati Moerid Iskandar and Wukirasih Sawondari in the US$10,000 event final.

Irawati and Wukirasih, fifth seeded here, barely worked up a sweat in defeating Maricris Fernandez of the Philippines and Tong Ka-po 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

For Yayuk and Wynne, it was their first performance as doubles this year. The pair is expecting a wild card in the doubles event in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney in September and Wynne is also waiting for a wild card to compete in the singles.

Partnering Irawati, Yayuk won the women's doubles in the Circuit-1 tournament last week.

In the men's side, the long-time partnership of Bonit Wiryawan and Sulistyo Wibowo will challenge juniors and Davis Cup team members, Edy Kusdaryanto and Hendri Susilo Pramono in the $15,000 event final.

Unseeded Bonit and Sulistyo overcame top seeds Michael Jessup and Le Minh of the United States 6-4, 6-2. While Edy and Hendri had to fight hard to eliminate third seeds Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic and Roman Kukal of Slovakia 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.

Unfortunately, none of the Indonesian players managed to survive in the singles events.

In the women's side, Choi Young-ja and Chae Kyung-yee created an all-South Korean final Sunday after Choi beat Wukirasih 7-6, 2-6, 7-6 while Chae defeated Irawati 6-4, 6-2. The Koreans toppled national players' hopes to create another all-Indonesian final in the event.

In the men's side, unseeded Zbynek Mlynarik of Austria surprisingly reached the final after having an easy 6-0, 6-4 victory over qualifier Jarkko Nieminen of Finland Saturday.

Mlynarik will challenge second seed Cermak, who beat Yoon Yong-il of South Korea 6-1, 6-4. (ivy)