August 29, 2022 | 12:02 p.m
MANILA, Philippines — Mcleen Gomera and Judy Ann Padilla defeated their respective rivals to share the under-16 titles, then earned second place in the first-team to a mix of winners at the PPS-PEPP National Junior Tennis Championships to head in Consolacion, Cebu over the weekend.
Top-ranked Gomera fended off No. 6 Ariel Cabaral 6-4, 6-3, then in the semifinals Bacolod’s rising star Lanao del Norte stopped unranked Juvels Velos 6-2, 6-2 to add added the Consolacion leg to his growing 16-U trophy case in the Group 2 tournament, completing the four-legged Cebu swing of the country’s longest scout for talent, which has spanned stints in Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Naga.
Padilla, on the other hand, drove to victory on her side of the fight, beating Shara Paliwag 6-0, 6-3 in the final as the Ozamiz City bet recouped her three-set setback against absent Kimi Brodeth in last week’s Naga round created by Palawan Pawnshop President/CEO Bobby Castro.
Meanwhile, the heavy action shifts to Mindanao starting Thursday, where the Men’s Open takes place in Tagum, Davao del Norte, featuring the country’s leading players and rising stars.
For details, contact event organizer and Sports Program Development Manager Bobby Mangunay on 0915-4046464.
Ormoc City’s John David Velez and Lapu-Lapu City’s Tiffany Nocos maintained their dominance in the 18U game, beating Gomera 6-0, 6-0 and thwarting Padilla 6-4, 6-2, but the 16- U winners accepted the MVP honors with their two-medal performances on the Consolacion tennis clay courts.
The week-long event across eight categories produced seven winners from different cities and provinces, including two reversals to level the playing field with Paliwag from Valencia, Negros Oriental and Velos from Danao, Cebu bagging the 14-U crowns and Ormoc too Underscoring City’s Chrysstell Laguna and David Sepulveda of Talisay, Cebu won the 12-U trophies in the tournament powered by ProtekTODO, PalawanPay, Unified Tennis Philippines and UTR (Universal Tennis Rating).
Paliwag frustrated last week’s surprise winner, Mandaue City’s Juliana Tenepre, 6-2, 6-3; Velos beat second-place Frank Dilao of Laguna 6-0, 6-1; Laguna stunned top seed Alexa Cruspero, 6-2, 6-2; and leaders Sepulveda fended off surprise local finalist Chrislawrence Villarin 6-1, 6-0.