YOUNG Alberto Lim Jr. further enhanced his flourishing career by winning the boys’ crown in the Phinma International Juniors Tennis Championships, beating Yusuke Takahashi of Japan, 6-3, 6-3, to cap the Filipinos’ domination of the first of the two-stage circuit at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center on Sunday.
Marian Capadocia earlier set up the local bets’ impressive sweep of the top-ranking tournament among some of the world’s top juniors and rising stars when she overwhelmed Gabriella Umoquit of the US, 6-1, 6-0, in the girls’ final of the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
Lim’s final romp likewise avenged top seed Jurence Mendoza’s 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 defeat to the Japanese No. 4 on Saturday that averted an all-Filipino final.
But the 13-year-old find from Letran, a mainstay of the Philippine Tennis Academy, got the job done just the same, baffling Takahashi with his ground strokes and baseline game.
In doing so, Lim become the youngest winner of the Grade Four ITF Juniors event sponsored by Technifibre (official ball), Viva (official mineral water) and Powerade (official energy drink).
“The pain, hard work and sacrifices have started to pay off. But I still have to work harder, learn more and continue to improve myself to have a chance of winning more tournaments,” said Lim, who helped the Squires win this season's tennis title while clinching MVP honors in his rookie year.
Capadocia shut down Umoquit with her superb all around game to cap an explosive week for the 17-year-old talent from San Jose, Antique who highlighted her campaign with a stunning victory over top seed Sri Waishnavi Peddi Reddy of India early in the week.
“I didn't expect it to win this fast and easy. I'm glad I did,” said Capadocia, set for an athletic scholarship at US NCAA Division I school Loyola Mermont next year.
It was Capadocia’s third crown after topping the PCA Open and another Grade Four tournament in Hong Kong last year.
The twin wins likewise lined up Lim and Capadocia, who both gained 30 ITF points, for a sweep of the circuit as they lead the cast again in Week Two which begins tomorrow, also at RMTC.