CHLOE Mae Saraza provided the Easter Sunday stunner as she upended third seed Ma. Dominique Ong, 7-5, 4-6, 10-8, to barge into the quarterfinal round of the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tennis tournament at the Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Cainta, Rizal on Sunday.
Saraza outlasted Ong in the first frame then bounced back from a second set defeat by wearing down her fancied rival in the decider to join top seed Maia Balce and No. 2 Andrea Nicole Amistad in the Last Eight of the girls’ 16-and-under class.
Balce dropped just three games to oust Moira Velicaria, 6-1, 6-2, while Amistad turned in a more impressive 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Gwyneth Bejer in the lower half of the draw of the girls’ 16-and-under class.
Palawan Pawnshop, headed by COO Bobby Castro, has lined up a series of tournaments this summer to keep the youth busy and keep them in top form as part of their preparations for tougher competitions here and abroad.
Meanwhile, top ranked Mikaela Vicencio clipped Patricia Lim 6-0, 6-2, to set a semis duel with Maxine Martin, who beat April Bentillo, 6-1, 6-4, in the girls’ 12-and-under division while top seed Diego Dayrit and No. 2 Jan Harold Trillanes stayed on collision course in the 10-unisex category.
Dayrit defeated Vincent Tenorio, 6-2, 6-2, while Trillanes ousted Elijah Guillermo, 6-2, 6-2, to lead the quarterfinalists, who included Daniel Estanislao III, Miguel Vicencio, Carlo Lapore, Alfred Doloroso, Adam Sujica and Bentillo.
In boys’ 16-and-under class, fancied Eric Jed Olivarez whipped Renz Antisoda, 6-0, 6-1, to arrange a second round clash with Mar Raphael Teng, who scored a walkover win over Torrance Arejola, while third seed Jerome Romualdez blanked Brent Necor, 6-0, 6-0, in the one of the matches in the lower bracket.