JOHN BRYAN Otico scored victories in two divisions even as Shaira Hope Rivera ruled the girls’ premier age bracket Friday to dominate the 26th Andrada Cup age-group tennis championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Otico, a 15-year-old ward of the Philippine Tennis Academy, topped the centerpiece boys 18-under and 16-under categories where he is both the top seed.
The La Salle-Zobel student who trains at the PTA courts in Ayala Alabang, bested third seed Chris Justin Prulla, 6-4, 6-2 for the 18-under top plum.
He then got back to the courts and defeated second seed Cenon Gonzales Jr., 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), for the boys 16-under title in the event named after former Philippine Tennis Association president Salvador “Buddy” Andrada who is now Philippine Sports Commissioner and Asian Tennis Federation honorary lifetime president.
The twin victories served as fitting send-off for Otico, a native of Bukidnon, who is embarking on an ITF junior meet in Hong Kong next week.
His stable-mate Rivera, 15, also scored a breakthrough victory after posting a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) upset over third seed Frances Santiago for the top plum in the girls 18-under. En route to the final, she ousted top seed Chryslyn Colleen Sioson (6-3, 7-6 (7-2) last Thursday.
“We are very proud of Bryan and Shaira, they really showed a lot of improvement and now we are confident they are ripe for bigger ITF events,” said PTA head coach Jun Toledo.
Monica Therese Cruz, 14, topped the girls 16-under following a 1-6, 7-5 (retired) win over Santiago. The 14-year-old Cruz, who is bent to become a pro, is also set to see action in the Hong Kong ITF slated to begin Jan. 19.
Second seed Caryn Bless Guarde outlasted third seed Miles Vitaliano, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, to capture the girls 14-under crown in the event sponsored by the PSC, Altamar Shipping, Tru-Flex, and Thaddeus Sporting Goods.
Guarde also ruled the doubles event in her division in tandem with Maxine Martin.
Top seed Miguel Luis Vicencio trounced John Michael Belo, 6-1, 6-1, to win the boys 12-under crown. But Belo redeemed himself in the unisex 10-under final after he beat top seed Marc Andrei Jarata, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.
Second seed Nio Tria slammed Jed Justin Labasano, 6-2, 6-4, to annex the boys 14-under championship. Tria also won the boys 14-under doubles crown by teaming up with Mark Directo.