JUSTINE Maneja and Andrei Jarata scored a pair of emphatic victories in their respective sides in the PPS-PEPP Philam national age group 2019 at the Philam Tennis Club in QC recently.
The top-seeded Maneja overwhelmed three rivals via straight-set romps to cruise to the finals then took the girls’ 16-under crown with a 1-0(ret.) win over No. 2 Mica Emana. The rising star from Sta. Mesa proved tougher in the premier 18-U play, dropping just one game in three matches before dispatching Kaye Ann Emana -4, 6-1.
The seventh-ranked Jarata matched that romp with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Aix Gonzaga in boys’ 16-under finals then the Agoo, La Union find repeated over Gonzaga with 6-1, 6-3 triumph to clinch the 18-under plum and share the MVP honors with Maneja in the five-day tournament presented by Dunlop and held under the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala nationwide circuit put up by president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Sharing center stage were Samuel Davila from Cainta, Rizal (10-unisex), Prince Lim from Urdaneta, Pangasinan (boys’ 12-U), La Salle-Greenhills’ Mateo Rivas (boys’ 14-U), Reece Ballado from Munoz, Nueva Ecija (girls’ 12-U), Makeilah Nepomuceno from Mandaluyong (girls’ 14-U).
The second seeded Davila ripped No. 3 Novak Brazal 4-2, 4-0; Lim repulsed Frank Dilao 6-4, 3-6, 10-3; the unranked Rivas upended No. 6 Darwin Cosca 6-4, 6-2; Ballado upset top seed Abejail Ansay,6-2, 6-2; and Nepomuceno, another unseeded bet who shocked top seed Marielle Jarata 6-2, 6-1 in the semis, subdued Mica Emana 6-2, 6-2.