Chloe Mae Saraza withstood Ma. Dominique Ong’s fightback in the second set and hacked out a 6-1, 7-6(2) victory to barge into the Last 8 of the girls’ 16-and-under singles in the 24th Andrada Cup tennis tournament at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Courts yesterday.
The unranked Saraza dominated the sixth-seeded Ong in the opener but struggled in the next, needing to come up with big shots in the tiebreaker to pound out the victory and seal a quarters showdown with Nicole Amistad.
The third-ranked Amistad also survived a first-set scare and went on to defeat Bianca Cruz, 7-5, 6-3, and stay in the hunt in the tournament sponsored by Dunlop Fort All Court Balls, Philippine Sports Commission, First Solid Group, St. Luke’s Medical Center and Sagip Bayan Foundation.
Others who advanced in the group, headed by top seed Roxanne Resma, were No. 5 Khim Iglupas, who trounced Frances Santiago, 6-2, 6-3; and Angelica Mosqueda and second seed Maia Balce, who scored walkover wins over Colleen Sioson and Princess Nadera, respectively.
The fancied bets, meanwhile, breezed through the quarters of the girls’ 12-and-under class with top seed Carlyn Bless Guarde and No. 2 Maxine Martin scoring 6-0, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-3 wins over Pearl Pato and Megan Reyes, respectively.
No. 4 Alexandra Eala romped off with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Anna De Myer, fifth seed Mikaela Vicencio and No. 6 Mia So won by default over Nica Alanis and Miles Vitaliano, respectively, and seventh ranked Gia Sagandoy blasted Li-Jian Thean, 6-1, 6-1.
But third seed Blanche Lagrisola needed to bounce back from a first-set setback to stop Patricia Corporal, 5-7, 6-1 (10-3), and complete the Last 8 cast in the ranking event held in honor of Philippine sports commissioner Buddy Andrada.
In the boys’ 14-and-under class, No. 1 Cenon Gonzales and second seed Emmanuel Vacalares Jr. posted a pair of one-sided victories to stay in title collision course. Gonzales routed Nolan Gagalac, 6-2, 6-1, while Vacalares demolished Rafael Halili, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 7 Bryan Otico also dominated Enrico Ong, 6-1, 6-0, but will have his hands full against Gonzales in the next round of the tournament featuring the country’s leading and rising junior players.(pr)
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)
Gabriel Tiamson put one over top seed Miko Eala, hacking out a 6-4, 6-2 decision to capture the boys’ 12-and-under title in the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Tennis Association Age-Group Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center over the weekend.
The second seeded Tiamson, playing out of De La Salle-Zobel, broke the fancied Eala once in the opening set then used a variety of shots to dominate the second en route to the straight-set victory.
Eala, however, salvaged the 10-unisex crown, blanking Juan Miguel Jugo, 6-0, 6-0.
Jan Godfrey Seno took the boys’ 14-under diadem with 6-2, 6-0 win over Justine Prulla, while Betto Orendain repulsed Stefan Suarez, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to cop the 16-under plum.
John Maverick Victoria, however, foiled Orendain’s bid for a second title as he fashioned out a 7-6(2), 6-4 win in the 18-under finals to share the honors with Roxanne Resma, who took the girls’ premier crown with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Ma. Dominique Ong.(pr)
Roxanne Resma and John Maverick Victoria came away with victories in contrasting fashions to capture the centerpiece 18-and-under crowns in the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Tennis Association Age-Group Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center, recently.
The top seeded Resma stamped her class over Ma. Dominique Ong, dropping just one game en route to an emphatic 6-0, 6-1 victory in the girls’ final while the unseeded Victoria outsteadied No. 4 Betto Orendain in a tight first-set duel and held on to hack out a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory in the boys’ side of the event sponsored by the PSC and Philta with Dunlop Fort as the official ball.
Miko Eala re-staked his claim as the best among the youngsters as he captured two titles, including the boys’ 12-and-U with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gabriel Tiamson. He earlier shut out Juan Miguel Jugo, 6-0, 6-0, to pocket the 10-unisex diadem.
It was a memorable title win for Victoria, who also had to scrape past Andre Rodriguez, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, earlier to get a crack at the premier crown in the week-long tournament which also offered ranking points with Resma and Victoria gaining 200 points each.
Khim Iglupas, who lost to Resma in the semis in the 18-and-U class, got back at her tormentor, carving out a 6-4, 6-4 victory to annex the girls’ 16-and-U plum while unranked Monika Therese Cruz capped her remarkable stint by beating No. 4 Chloe May Saraza, 6-1, 7-5, to claim the girls’ 14-and-U diadem.
Allesi Vicencio, on the other hand, took the girls’ 12-and-U crown with a 7-5(5), 6-1 victory over Bettina Bautista while Betto Orendain stunned third seed Stefan Suarez, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to pocket the boys’ 16-and-U title.(pr)