TONI Rose Raymundo and Brent Cortes won two titles each in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis circuit presented by Tecnifibre at the Praxevilla Tennis Club in Dumaguete City on Sunday.
The top-seeded Raymundo overpowered Alexandra Casia, 6-0, 6-2, to claim the girls’ 18-and-under crown. Raymundo, a 15-year-old player of PTA Lacta-La Carlota, edged Kianah Vincoy, 2-6, 6-1, 10-5, in the 16-and-under finals.
The nine-year-old Cortes, on the other hand, foiled last year’s winner Alekzander Fern Po, 6-1, 6-1, to snare the 10-unisex diadem, then repulsed Giulian Bandoquillo, 6-1, 1-6, 10-2, to pocket the 12-and-under crown in the tournament hosted by Praxevilla Tennis Club president Nick Uypitching.
Shyryn Salazar upended top-seeded De Asis, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in a showdown of PTA Lacta-La Carlota teammates for the 12-and-under title.
De Asis outlasted Tracy Llamas, 6-4, 2-6, 10-4, for the girls’ 14-and-under crown, while Karl Baran trounced Ibarra Ortega, 6-3, 6-0, for the boys’ 14-and-under plum in the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by its president Edwin Olivarez, who is also mayor of Parañaque City.
“This nationwide circuit program is part of our long-term commitment to promote sports as one of the primary focus of our corporate social responsibility and at the same time discover and tap talents for future national teams,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.
Unranked Reyniel Marcella from Taclobo, Dumaguete stunned the second seeded Baran, 7-5, 6-0, to snatch the boys’ 16-and-under crown, while unseeded Michael Balisado of Dapitan City whipped No. 3 Prince Togonon, 6-0, 6-1, in the boys’ 18-and-under final.
The sixth leg of the circuit will be held March 6 to 9 at the St. Michael Tennis Courts in Pontevedra, Negros Occidentail. For details, contact Philta referee and tournament director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.