MARIAN Capadocia pulled off one big shot one after another in the tiebreaker and wore down Clarice Patrimonio to carve out a thrilling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) victory Sunday and capture the ladies singles crown of the third Olivarez Cup Open Tennis Championship at the Olivarez Sports Center.
Capadocia struck back from a set down by breaking Patrimonio once in the second set to force a decider then unleashed big winners in a nerve-wracking finish to turn back the second seeded defending champion and complete her stirring come-from-behind victory.
The 17-year-old Capadocia, ranked third in field of 32, broke and held serve in the tiebreaker to post a 3-0 lead, then went on to dominate Patrimonio, ending the grueling three-hour, 14-minute encounter with a forehand winner to pocket the hotly-disputed crown worth P15,000.
It was a big week indeed for Capadocia, who stunned the top-seeded Marinel Rudas, 6-4, 6-3, late Friday to get a crack at the crown in the annual event presented by Palawan Pawnshop and held in honor of former Paranaque mayor Dr. Pablo Olivarez.
Patrimonio, who also rallied from a set down to beat Rudas in last year’s finals, thwarted Edilyn Balanga, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in the other semis clash.
Doubles partner top seed Johnny Arcilla and No. 2 defending champion Vicente Anasta, meanwhile, disposed of their respective semifinal rivals to set up a showdown for the men’s title in the event sponsored by Dunlop Sports, Stronghold Insurance, Fed-ex Air21 and Olivarez Sports Center.
Arcilla kept his unbeaten run with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over fourth seed Rolando Ruel Jr., while Anasta came back from a set down and endured a tough second set duel to foil No. 3 Patrick Tierro, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Arcilla and Anasta earlier teamed up to beat Marc Reyes and Tierro, 6-4, 7-6(4), to pocket the men’s doubles diadem, while Clarice and sister Christine Patrimonio won a sibling rivalry with the Capadocias as they downed Marian and Jella, 6-4, 6-2, to clinch the women’s doubles crown.