Samoa tennis women win silver medal

Samoa has won a silver medal in the women’s tennis team event at the XVI Pacific Games.

The Samoa women’s tennis team comprised Steffi Carruthers and Eleanor Schuster played against Papua New Guinea (P.N.G.) who secured the gold medal.

Carruthers said that overall, this whole week has been a big challenge and test for them to either step up or shy away.

“Overall for me, it was very successful in facing the tests and challenges because it’s part of life," she said.

“If we want to make it somewhere to become successful in the big leagues, I think each match is an experience we need to go through to learn from,” she said.

The 26-year-old daughter of Yvonne and Gary Carruthers from Vailima and Matautu said that it would have been nice to have a rest during the games.

“I just wished we had a little bit more rest but you know that is tennis if the draws are like that - the schedules as well, you must find ways to cope with it and face it.

“But of course I am happy with the results today for myself as an individual and for the team as well,” she added.

When asked how her preparations went for the Pacific Games she said she had to prepare mentally as well.

“During my matches I have to stay calm and be focused - all the mental training is done. I have only been away to train for four months for the Games but mostly I am here,” she said.

Asked how she felt beating top seeded P.N.G. tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah in their singles match, she said she was very happy.

“Tere-Apisah is the best tennis player in the Pacific, what more can I say, beating the best player in the Pacific only means I am doing something right so I am very happy to do it in front of mom and dad, our team and our home crowd.

“I am not here because of my own individual effort; I have had a lot of support from a lot of people various sponsors to coaches, families, and friends," she added. 

She credited her parents for being very supportive for the duration of the competition as well as her boyfriend. 

“And also my boyfriend who is an athlete as well - it helps to have someone you can talk to and understand what I am going through - so he plays a big part in my career as well.

“My coach that lives in America is very helpful as well, every day I am talking to him, he helped me believe more in myself and in the talent that God has given me.

“Coming from the islands we get intimidated very easily and having exposure has helped me mature on and off the court.”

When asked if she was ready to continue with the individuals matches coming up, she said resting is very important and she is ready see what the next challenge is. 

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