- Archer Andrea Robles stunned the much stronger opponent in the finals to win the gold
- Prior to that , she also pulled an upset against the tournament leader to advance to the gold-medal match
- The win bolstered her upcoming SEA Games outing
A Fiipina archer scored a gold medal after stunning her stronger opponents in the 2019 Macau Indoor Archery Open.
Archer Andrea Robles who was seeded fourth in the competition, pulled an upset against tournament leader Sarah Prieels of Belguim in the semifinals, a report said. The 21-year-old Robles then went on to continue her impressive outing and outlasted the world championship runner-up Paige Pearce of the United States in the finals to claim the gold medal.
Her victory has boosted her Southeast Asian Games stint as it served as a good preparation for the upcoming biennial meet which will be held in the Philippines.
“I’m feeling really good. I’m feeling really happy that I [won], especially because it’s my first time at these events. I’m just having fun with it, training my best and enjoying,” Robles said in an interview.
Before going up against the best players in the competition, Robles defeated the hometown bet Xu Lumeng and Autralia’s Natalie Duncan.
Robles also said that the tournament in Macau gave her an opportunity to assess what she needs to improve on her game.
The Ateneo graduate archer arrived home last November 11. She took to Facebook her thoughts about winning and defeating some of the world’s best players in the tournament.
“Back in Manila and I still can’t believe this happened,” she said. “Had so much fun and made great friends along the way. Incredibly grateful to everyone who have always been there to support me, most especially my parents… This is for you.”
She also thanked her mentors throughout the tournament.