Top notch matches among the country’s top junior netters and upcoming stars kick off hostilities in the Andrada Cup Group I tennis tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Christine Bautista takes on Rafael Tomblin, Joyce Bautista collides with Kian Cahuela, Hannah Maneha squares off with Angelo Selmar, Julius Gonzales faces off with Kryshana Brazal, Alfmed Doloroso tangles with Miles Vitaliano and Daniel Estanislao III tests Marvin Espino in the 9 a.m. matches in the 10-unisex category.
Second seed Katrina Orteza battles Ysay Jardelesa, No. 3 Maia Balce clashes with Donn Esperanzate, No. Isabella Orteza mixes it up with Samantha Um and No. Khim Iglupas, winner of the 16-and-under crown in the recent PSC-Philta netfest. collides with Cherinse Mamaril in the featured matches of the girls’ 18-and-under singles of the event presented by Dunlop Sport and held in honor of Philippine sports commissioner and long-time tennis patron Buddy Andrada.
Other titles to be disputed are the boys and girls singles 12-, 14-, 16-and-under plus the doubles in the 14-, 16- and 18-and-under age groups.
Roxanne Resma, coming off a victory in the premier division of the PSC-Philta meet, is eyeing twin titles in the 16- and 18-and-under classes where she is the top seed.
Monica Cruz, meanwhile, plays Jardelesa in one of the top matches in the girls’ 16-and-under category with Denise Jimenez and Angelica Mosqueda tangling in the other game. Bianca Cruz takes on Kristin Salimbangon while Chloe Sazara and Kathrine Manuela meet in the other match.
Ranz Javier opens his bid in the boys’ 16-U against John Otico while Austin De los Santos and Paolo So collide in the other game and Jumari Gonzales faces Lenard Cheng.
Bianca Cruz and Mikaela Vicencio try to keep their bid going in the girls’ 14-U as they clash at 3 p.m. with Princess Nadera testing the mettle of Sam Asistio, Angelica Mosqueda squaring off with Mae Co, and Isabella Orteza battling Magan Reyes.(pr)