Tere-Apisah succumbs to injury, Oceania Pacific still ready for challenge

PNG Tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah suffered a torn left calf muscle during the match against Thailand at the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This tournament forms the Asia-Pacific Group II draw and includes teams like Oceania Pacific, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Maldives, Iran, Japan Iraq and Thailand. The tournament started earlier this week (Monday August 8).

PNG Tennis President Barbara Stubbings says Abigail withdrew from the match (against Thailand) due to a calf injury.

“Abigail is a phenomenal athlete, what she has achieved in PNG, Oceania and around the world is incredible.”

“She is a figurehead in the sport and an idol for many young female tennis players in the country. Abigail has helped raise the profile of the sport in the country and in doing so, raised the profile of PNG in international tennis circles,” Stubbings said.

Tere-Apisah and her nieces Patricia and Violet, also members of the PNG tennis team, are currently part of the Oceania Pacific team competing in the tournament in Malaysia.

“It’s wonderful to see Abigail competing with her nieces and fellow PNG tennis team members Patricia and Violet at the Billie Jean King Cup in Malaysia.”

“Team Oceania Pacific lost to a strong Thai side on Tuesday but rose again yesterday to defeat the Maldives. Unfortunately Abigail will be out of action for the next few weeks but will continue in Malaysia to support her young charges,” Stubbings said.

Other members of the Oceania Pacific team include Kalani Soli of American Samoa and William O’Connell of Fiji. The team is in Pool B against Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives.

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