KUALA LUMPUR, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia's top seed tennis player Christopher Rungkat has contributed gold to Indonesia's contingent at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The gold medal was won after achieving a brilliant result winning the men's singles.
Second-seeded Christopher, also known as Christo, managed to dominate the men's singles after defeating fifth-seeded Jirat Navasirisomboon from Thailand in a straight sets battle with a score of 6-4, 6-4, on Saturday (8/26/2017) afternoon time local.
Christo, now ranked 487th in the world singles, said he was already optimistic to win gold after winning a major four-phase fight against Wishaya Throngcharoenchaikul in three ominous sets 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (8).
"After winning at Wishaya in the semifinals, I am sure I will be able to win a men's singles gold medal but the Jirat played well but I can handle it as in the previous two games in the ITF tournament series," Christo said in his statement.
Christo, who is delighted by this gold medal, has an opportunity to add to the Indonesian gold medal after mixed doubles, he and Jessy Rompies also broke into the top party.
Christo himself claimed to be struggling as hard as he actually is more focused on the single, especially the big target in the mixed doubles to penetrate to the finals already reached.
"The reason I'm still a bit awkward is that I'm still a bit awkward to play," said Christo, who brought three tennis gold medals in the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang.
In the mixed doubles final, Christo / Jessy will challenge the second-seeded White Elephant State representative Sanchai Ratiwatana / Nicha Lerpitaksinchai, who reached the final after bending the Filipino pair Ruben Gonzales / Denise Dy 6-2, 7-6 (6).