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    Tugade, Guarde, De los Santos win two titles each in Sultan Kudarat netfest

    Sep 23, 2013

    VINCE EJ Tugade, Caryn Bless Guarde and Sharyl de los Santos came away with two titles each to dominate the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala presented by Babolat tennis tournament on Monday at the City Court Tennis Club in Gen. Santos City.

    The 11-year-old Tugade downed No. 4 Alfred Directo, 6-3, 6-1, in the finals to cop the boys’ 14-and-under title in the 18th leg of the nationwide circuit. He upended second seed Merwin Estrellado, 4-2, 4-0, in the quarterfinals the held off Jeff Alquiza, 5-4 (4), 4-2, in the semis.

    Tugade whipped No. 2 Nicole Gorospe, 6-0, 6-1, in the 12-under division final after defeating top seeded Directo, 4-0, 4-1, in the semis.

    Guarde, 11, matched Tugade’s two-title romp by ruling the girls’ 14- and 12-and-under classes, beating April Bentillo twice, 6-4, 6-2, and 6-1, 6-2.

    De los Santos also scored a twin-kill, trouncing Shaira Rivera twice, 6-2, 6-1, and 6-4, 6-2, to cop the girls’ 18- and 16-and-under titles.

    No. 4 Jeric delos Santos topped the boys’ 18-and-under category with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Abubakar Pendiwata.

    Ralph Diama bagged the boys’ 16-and-under crown with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Lyle Ibali. Top seed April Minet Bentillo rolled past Angelica Novis, 6-3, 6-2, to cop the 10-unisex diadem.

    “This series of nationwide age-group tournaments is part of Palawan Pawnshop’s commitment to give our young players, especially from the countryside, a venue where they could hone their talent and skills,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. 

    The series sanctioned by Philta resumes Sept. 27-30 in Koronadal City. For details, contact Philta referee Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464. 

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