THE Padilla siblings defended turf, even as the top-seeded bets reigned anew in the Ozamiz City leg of the 2017 Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group tennis tournament slated May 16 to 20 at the City Engineer’s Tennis Club in Ozamiz City.
Judy Ann Padilla whipped Zeiah Toribio of Jimenez, Misamis Occidental, 6-2, 6-2 to pocket the 12-under girls crown as her older sister Carmel Marie Padilla was equally impressive in besting the same challenger (Toribio), 6-1, 6-2 for the 14-under girls jewel.
As expected, early favorites Nash Agustines of Oroquieta City, Marc Nicole Suson of Cebu City, John Renest Sonsona of Tubod, Lanao Norte and Ozamiz compatriots Jan Marie Anghag and Carmeville Gervacio hang on in the finals to share the spotlight in the singles competition.
Agustines had a hard time before disposing of Heinz Aslan Carbonilla of Baroy, Lanao Norte in grueling three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 11-9.
The Cebuano netter Suson, who just pulled a dramatic win in Camiguin leg when he bucked a cramped leg, had no trouble in overcoming John Steven Sonsona of Tubod, 6-1, 6-2 for the 16-under boys title.
Sonsona’s brother, John Renest could not be denied, however, in taking home the premier 18-under boys diadem at the expense of Nilo Ledama of Pagadian City whom he wore down in tough three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.
Both Anghag and Gervacio needed just two sets to give the home crowd something to cheer on.
Anghag bested Rovie Baulete of Iligan City, 6-7, 10-3 in the 16-under girls final as Gervacio thrashed Anna Mae Mendoza, also from Iligan, 6-0, 6-3 in the 18-under girls final.
Other singles winners in the Group 2 event that attracted record-breaking entries of 270 are Abdel Qadzri Matarul of Pulacan, Zamboanga del Sur and Eric Jay Tangub of Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.
Matarul edged out Vince AJ Bering of Maranding, Lanao Norte, 5-3, 0-4, 4-0 for the unisex 10-under crown; while Tangub dumped Aaron Jacque Geromo of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, 6-1, 6-2 for the 14-under boys title.
Cagayan de Oro-based Mario Inguito Craiz, the tourney’s organizer for Viz-Min area, said the ongoing siege in Marawi City brought by the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may cause some worries to everyone in Northern Mindanao.
“Pero layo pa atong schedule sa Marawi City leg so, dili pa kayo `ta mabalaka (But the schedule of the Marawi City leg is far so we are not worried),” Craiz told SunStar Cagayan de Oro.
Winners in the doubles event are the following: 10 unisex champion Abdel Qadzri Matarul/Garlandson Ardiante, 5-4, 4-2 over runner-up Vince Aj Bering/Kale Cyd Villamar; 14 boys champion Eric Jay Tangub/Lex Estillore, 6-4 (ret) against runner-up Brent Signmond Cortes/Ashton Benne Villanueva; 14 girls champion Judy Ann Padilla/Zeiah Toribio, 8-4 versus runner-up Carmel Padilla/Mushe Bless Plariza; 18 boys champion John Steven Sonsona/Nilo Ledama, 8-6 opposite runner-up John Renest Sonsona/Andrei Cuevas and 18 girls champion Esterlita Padilla/Allessandro Audrey Quimbo, 8-3 over runner-up Kayla Bless Fajardo and Hyacinth Corbo.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 24, 2017.