TOP bets Fernando Arguelles and Allian Abdulqoahar lived up to expectations to take home titles in their respective divisions in the sixth leg of the 2014 HEAD Junior Satellite Circuit National Tennis Age-group Tournament recently at the Praxevilla tennis courts in Dumaguete City.
Arguelles, the pride of Bacolod and top seed in the boys’ 16-under class, relied on his backhands to overpower Jeremiah Macias III, 6-1, 6-4, in the championship round to claim the title in one of the divisions in the Dumaguete leg attended by more than 100 participants.
Abdulqoahar, on the other hand, nailed two crowns in this edition of the annual 11-leg Visayas-based competition now on its 16th year and supported by Smart Communications, Smart Sports, Chris Sports, HEAD Graphene, Toalson and HEAD, the official tennis ball.
The second-seeded Zamboanga native rallied past third seed Jeremiah Macias, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, in the final round of the boys’ 18-under singles class, before playing alongside Joshua Regino to defeat Reyniel Marcellana and Raymark Marcellana, 8-2, in the boys’ 18-under doubles finals.
Joshua Regino crushed Daniel Eric Diao, 6-1, 6-1, to bag the trophy in the boys’ 14-under singles, while No. 1 Cesar Salimbangon of Cebu beat Justin Selorio, 6-3, 6-0, in the boys’ 12-under championship round for the crown.
Salimbangon also took home the 10-under unisex crown after defeating Peter Andre Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-1, in the finals.
Carlyn Bless Guarde, meanwhile, captured the girls’ 18-under crown after ripping Kiana Vincoy, 6-0, 6-3, in the championship round. The top seed also netted home the girls’ 14-under singles crown by beating Ellain Rose Bahonsua, 6-1, 6-1, in the finals.
It was a triple celebration for Guarde, who won a third title after she teamed up with her victim Bahonsua in the 14-under girls’ doubles to beat Carmelle Fe Amaro and Suzette Rodriguez, 8-2, in the finals.
In the girls’ 18-under doubles class, Kiana and Hannah Vincoy nipped Shiloh Bulangis and Sharon Bulangis, 8-6, for the title.
The seventh and last leg of the Visayas-based tournament shifts to Cebu Consolacion this week.