ALTHEA Martirez dished out top form to emerge the lone double winner while John Kendrick Bona posted a win and a runner-up finish as they shared MVP honors in the PPS-PEPP Gov. E. Contreras national age-group tennis tournament at the Villareal Stadium Tennis Courts in Roxas City last Monday.
Martirez kept her win run going after a big romp in the recent Gov. Umali Cup in Oriental Mindoro, overwhelming Avril Suace twice 6-2, 6-1, and 6-2, 6-0 as the Central Philippine U ace swept the girls’ singles 16 and 18-under crowns, respectively.
Bona also dominated top seed Derrick Guillano 6-1, 6-1 to claim the boys’ 12-under title but the Puerto Princesa bet and a Mac’s Crankit-MCF Global protégé came up short against No. 1 Benedict Santiago, who pulled off a 6-4, 6-3 escape in the 14-under finals of the Group I tournament presented by Dunlop.
Sharing the spotlight in the week-long event sponsored by Gov. Esteban Contreras and held as part of the country’s long-running age grouper put up by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala, headed by president-CEO Bobby Castro, were Iloilo’s Francis de Juan, Joshua Raymundo from La Carlota, Bacolod, Nickel Nowlakha and Aleeva Suace, both from CPU, and Petrina Aguirre from the Philippine Science High School–Western Visayas.