LUKE Flores and Averille Sacapano came away with two victories each to dominate the Philta-Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tennis tournament at the Ro Akeanon Tennis Club in Kalibo, Aklan on Sunday.
Flores lived up to the hype in the boys’ 18-and-under class, thwarting No. 2 Jhomar Mananis, 6-1, 7-5, in the finals. He earlier recovered from a second-set meltdown to turn back Japet Marquez, 6-1, 4-6, 10-4, and cop the 16-and-under crown in the event which served as the third leg of the 27-stage, nationwide circuit organized and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
The top-seeded Sacapano bounced back from a sluggish start to repulse Frances Martinez, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8, to bag the girls’ 14-and-under diadem. She earlier claimed the 12-and-under crown with a 6-2, 7-6 (8) victory over Stefannie Martin in the tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro and Technosports president Guillermo Nocom.
“The whole of Kalibo and Panay Island tennis community would like to thank Palawan Pawnshop and Babolat for putting up this nationwide series of tournaments for the youth. It’s a big boost to local tennis and the aspiring players as well,” said Noel Tamagos, president of Ro Akeanon Tennis Club.
Jean Sunio shared the spotlight by ruling the girls’ 18-and-U class, holding off Samantha Panganiban, 7-6(3), 6-4, while Ma. Camile Buensalido shocked top seed Mary Grace Zapanta, 6-3, 6-4, to capture the 16-and-under plum.
Al Francis Andrade took the boys’ 14-and-under title with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Lorenzo Legaspi, while Anthony Henderin wore down Felix Martires, 7-5, 1-6, 10-3, to cop the boys’ 12-and-under crown.
Angelo Mejia scrambled past John Bolivar, 6-3, 3-6, 11-9, to snatch the 10-under unisex title.