THIRD seed Rodolfo Barquin and unranked Valerie Jan Desoyo won two titles each to dominate the fourth leg of the Philta-Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tennis tournament on Monday in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental.
Barquin mastered Carl Catedral twice, essaying a 6-1, 6-2 romp in the 18-and-under finals and a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the 16-and-under class, while Desoyo stunned second seed Kiani De Asis, 6-1, 6-1, to cop the girls’ 12-U crown then overwhelmed Bliss Bayking, 6-0, 6-0, in the 14-U finals.
Keanu Flores and Toni Rose Raymundo, meanwhile, split the top two titles in girls play in thrilling fashions with the former pulling off a 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 victory in the 16-U finals and the latter squeezing out a 6-4, 3-6, 15-13 in the 18-U championship of the event backed by Technosports, exclusive distributor of Babolat, headed by Guillermo Nocom.
Top seed Karl Baran turned back Adrian Dehertogh, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7, to capture the boys’ 14-U plum while Reynan Mahusay took the 12-U crown with a 6-1, 6-2 romp over Xynel Van Datorin.
Alejandro Enzo Carlo overpowered Raphael Seballos, 6-1, 6-2, to pocket the 10-unisex diadem of the event presented by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
Meanwhile, Bacolod will host a leg from February 14 to 18 before action shifts into full gear on March 1 to 17 for the Olivarez-Philta Open age group, inter-collegiate and interclub championships at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.