Tennis BY JOHN PANGKATANA Abigail Tere-Apisah has finally claimed her first pro title. The 26 year old from Morobe and Central beat top seed Valeria Savinykh (Russia) 6-3, 6-2 in two sets in the ITF $25,000 USD at the Kallang Squash and Tennis Centre in Singapore on Sunday. She earlier beat Sowjanya Bavisetti (India) 6-3, 6-3, Nudnida Luangnam (Thailand) 7-5, 6-7, 7-5, Chompoothip Jandakate (Thailand) 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinal and then Ipek Soylu (Turkey) 6-4, 7-6 in the semi-final to meet the Russian top seed in the final. This also makes her the first Papua New Guinean and possibly the Pacific Islander to win a women’s singles pro title. Communicating through social media, Apisah who went in the tournament as the second seed, said the weather conditions were brutal to play in. “It was very hot and humid so it made each match even more tough. “But the victory was very sweet and special at the end. “I am extremely happy and proud of my efforts this week and I had the evening last night to reflect and enjoy the moment. “I will be taking today (yesterday) off before I get back into training for my next tournament which starts on Tuesday at the same venue.” In regards to those that have helped her cause, the 2015 Pacific Games gold medalist who will be defending her title in Apia, Samoa in July this year, said there has been so many people who have helped shape and influence her on and off the court. “So it’s tough to really list every single person in one article but I’m sure if they are reading this, I hope they know how thankful I am for believing in me. “At the end of the day, it’s up to me to put in the hard yards so I’m proud of myself for pushing the limits in training, because my results over the past week, is a testament to that.” “It’s only the beginning and I hope to continue onto bigger achievements,” she added.