Cuas lead the locals’ attack at the PPS Kidapawan Netfest

MANILA, Philippines — Andre Cua toppled last week’s champion Jose Palo in the quarterfinals, then took the boys’ under-16 crown and completed a family affair as Dhea Cua held the girls’ over-14 and U-16 titles in his hands PPS-PEPP President’s Cup national age group tennis tournament in Cotabato last Monday.

The unranked Andre Cua survived a first-round three-pointer on Jason Flores, edged Celso Jimenez 4-2, 4-1 and wore Palo down 4-1, 4-5(2) in the next round. 10-7 decision in the last 8. The local bet then beat Randy Pausanos 6-3, -6-0 in the semifinals and then capped his surprise win in the Group 2 tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 win Marco Montecillo at the Kidapawan Courts.

Dhea Cua, on the other hand, reiterated her mastery of the 14-U field, defeating Jannah Mamac 6-0, 6-1 for the second week in a row. She then stunned No. 2 Chelsea Bernaldez 6-2, 3-6, 10 :8 to snag the 16-U tiara and compete in the Mindanao swing of the country’s longest-running two-title talent scout in Kabacan last week, fielded by Palawan Pawnshop President/CEO Bobby Castro.

The Cuas thus shared MVP honors and led the locals’ dominance at the circuit, which continues today (Wednesday) at Pigcawayan, also in Cotabato. Contact organizer Bobby Mangunay on 0915-4046464 for details.

Libungan’s Divine Collado, Cotabato and Bernaldez captured the girls’ 12 and 18 U titles, breaking the Kidapawanos in the four-day tournament presented by Dunlop. Collado beat Jhuane Flores 6-4, 1-6, 10-8 while Bernaldez made up for their setback in the 16U game with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Saschena Francisco.

Other boys winners included Carl Eduarte, who defeated Matthew Abella 6-1, 6-1 for the 12U crown; Jose Palo, who beat Inigo Barrios 6-3, 6-0 for the 14U title; and Joaquim Palo, who beat Kristoger Espinoza 6-1, 6-2 for the 18U trophy.

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