ALBERTO “AJ” Lim, Jr. scored two wins in the US to get some boost ahead of the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.
The University of the East star defeated American Eric Hahn, 6-3, 6-1, to top the Clairemont Pro Futures Wild Card Tournament.
Lim earned an outright berth in the ITF Futures tournament in September.
Lim advanced to the final by downing Brazilian Anthony Gomez, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarters and American Maximilian Wild, 6-3, 6-4 in the semis.
The youngest champion of the PCA Open, the 18-year-old Lim also reigned supreme in the Arcadia Public Parks tournament, beating Chase Masciorini, 6-2, 6-2, in the final.
Backed by the Philippine Airlines and Philippine Sports Commission, Lim is being coached by multiple SEAG gold medalist Cecil Mamiit and US-based Filipino Orlando Silvosa.
“AJ has a great team here,” said Silvosa. “We are confident that AJ is now ready for the Kuala Lumpur Games.
Lim is set to return on Aug. 14 to reunite with the members of the Philippine team including Ruben Gonzales Jr., Jeson Patrombon and Francis Casey Alcantara.
The women’s team will be headed by Denise Dy and Fil-German Katherine Lehnert.