ELMAR Christian Lagat and Angela Cabaral won two titles each in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala tennis tournament at the Praxevilla and Silliman Tennis clubs on Monday in Dumaguete City.
Lagat, a 13-year-old home bet, beat No. 2 Adrian Dehertogh, 6-1, 7-5, in the final to capture the boys’ 16-and-under crown.
He stunned top seed Fernando Arguelles in the first round, 5-3, 4-1, then went on to defeat No. 8 Jay Benlota, 4-0, 4-2, and fourth seed Bernd Haft, 4-0, 4-1, before
Lagat also won the 14-and-U title, beating No. 3 Karl Baran, 4-0, 4-0, in the opener and defeating Dehertogh, 6-4, 6-4, in the title match.
Cabaral, a 14-year-old player from PTA Bais, fought back from a set down to beat No. 1 Toni Rose Raymundo, 5-7, 6-1, 10-3, in the girls’ 18-and-under final.
As top seed, Cabaral repeated over Raymundo, 6-3, 6-4, for the 16-and-under diadem in the event that drew young, promising players from La Carlota, Bacolod, Bais, Bayawan City and Bohol.
Arguelles, meanwhile, trounced Mack Quinicot, 6-3, 6-2, to cop the boys’ 18-and-under title; Ibar Ortega overcame Cezar Po, 7-5, 7-5, in the boys’ 12-and-under final; No. 4 Kianah Vincoy upset second seed Shyryn Salazar, 6-1, 6-4, to bag the girls’ 14-and-under crown; Salazar thwarted top seed Kiana De Asis, 4-6, 6-3, 11-9, for the 12-and-under plum; and Alekzander Fern Po took the 10-under unisex title with a 6-4, 6-1 romp over Joshua Raymundo.
Registration for the 18th leg of the series put up by Palawan Pawnshop, Babolat and the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez is free. The listup is set Sept. 20 to 23. For details, contact PhilTA referee Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.