Mon, 21 Jul 2003

Winner Rittner wants to travel back to Bali

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The last time Barbara Rittner was in Indonesia she visited Bali, and left with a ring on her finger after getting married to her husband Mike.

Three years later she is back again, this time in Jakarta, and will be leaving with pride after her success in contributing two points in Germany's 3-2 victory over Indonesia in the playoff of the Fed Cup.

The win keeps the team in the World Group and means they will not have to be involved in another bout of playoffs next year.

"It's great. I'm happy because there has been a lot of pressure for us to stay in the World Group," the 30-year-old told The Jakarta Post after her 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Wynne Prakusya on Sunday.

On Saturday, she defeated Angelique Widjaja 6-4, 6-1.

Despite her injury problems during her game with Wynne, Rittner said she was physically fit and experienced enough for the competition after turning pro 14 years ago.

"It's the real key to winning my games," she said.

She sustained the injuries on both of her two ankles three years ago and had undergone surgery twice.

Although it proved to have little affect on her performance against Wynne, the injuries will prevent her from competing in matches in Austria.

"I'm not going to play until the Poland match in ten days," said the player, now ranked 89th in the Women Tennis Association (WTA) rankings.

Despite her age, Rittner still has an ambition to reach high in the tennis world.

"I can still remain in the top 100. I still have motivation. It may be fiftieth," she said about her aspirations.

On her role with Germany's Fed Cup team, Rittner said while she had the dream of bringing the team to the semifinals next year, she was already content with the team simply staying in where it belongs.

"I want to push Germany for a place in the semifinals. But for now, we are glad with what the team has achieved," she said.

During her brief spell in Indonesia, she said she was too focused on training ahead of the matches that she did not have time to travel.

"I wish I could go back to Bali. It's nice there. Maybe next time," she said.