JOSE Fernando Arguelles of Bacolod got back at first leg tormentor Luke Flores, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, on Monday to bag the boys’ 16-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis circuit presented by Tecnifibre at Center Court Tennis Club in Bacolod.
Valerie Desoyo , from RSB La Carlota, repeated over top ranked Averille Sacapano, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4, in the girls’ 14-and-under finals.
Toni Rose Raymundo of PTA La Carlota also upended Sacapano, 6-3, 6-1, to top the 16-and-under class for the second straight time.
Karl Baran, also from PTA La Carlota, dominated unranked Eidyzar Alvarico, 6-2, 6-3, in the boys’ 14-and-under division; Ceasar Po stopped Jeff Senio, 6-3, 6-1, in the 12-and-under division; while Alekzander Po turned back Pete Rodriguez, 5-7, 6-3, 10-6, in the 10-and-under class of the four-day event capping a two-week swing in Negros Occidental and Bacolod.
No. 4 Carl Cathedral of San Carlos topped the boys’ 18-and-under class with a 6-1, 6-2 win over third seed Ryle Singson, while second seed Keanu Flores of RSB La Carlota stunned the top-seeded Raymundo, 1-6, 6-3, 10-2, in the girls’ side of the tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
PTA La Carlota’s Kiana de Asis also edged Sacapano, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, to snatch the girls’ 12-and-under diadem.
“We’d like to thank Palawan Pawnshop for staging this tournament in Bacolod and Negros Occidental. This is indeed a good project for our tennis grassroots program,” said Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella. Bacolod is also hosting the Masskara tennis festival from Oct. 11 to 18.
“The number of three-setters underscores the level playing field among our young players,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “The program is part of our long-term commitment to promote sports as one of the primary focus of our corporate social responsibility and at the same time provide our youth the venue where they could hone their talent and skills.”
The Los Baños, Laguna leg is set Feb. 14 to 17. Registration is free. For details, call tournament director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.