Padilla pulls off golden treble in Liloy


    JUDY Ann Padilla succeeded where she failed last year, sweeping three girls’ singles titles, while young Pete Bandala matched his two singles-two doubles title haul as the two dominated the PPS-PEPP Mayor Roberto Uy Jr. national age group tournament in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte over the weekend.

    Padilla, 14, survived Christine Gulagula 4-0, 1-4, 10-6 in the semis then foiled doubles partner AJ Acabo 6-4, 6-2 to claim the 16-under plum she missed in Sindangan last week.

    The Ozamiz City ace earlier toppled Gulagula 6-4, 6-0 to rule her age-group for the second straight week then held off Acabo again 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the 18-under trophy and complete a rare three-peat in the Group 2 tournament presented by Dunlop.

    Bandala, a rising star from Dipolog, also kept his win run going, scoring a 4-1(ret.) win over Adrian Albata in the 10-unisex finals then blasted Wyn Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 to pocket the boys’ 12-under diadem in the tournament held in honor of the city mayor and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president-CEO Bobby Castro.

    Bandala later linked up with Steph Omos to bag the 10-unisex doubles crown with an 8-3 rout of Alyssa Ignacio and Kevin Gallenero then teamed up with Penshoppe Erquita to crush Reynan Patangan and Sanchez 8-2 for the 14-U trophy.

    In other singles matches, Oroquieta, Misamis Oriental’s Cielo Gonzales rolled past Marlyn Mesiona 6-1, 6-1, for the girls’ 12-U crown; Eric Tangub, from Tukuran, Zambo del Sur, overpowered Nash Agustines 6-1, 6-4 for the boys’ 18-U title while Agustines, also from Oroquieta, won the 16-U trophy with a 6-2, 6-4 romp over Lanao del Norte’s Aslan Carbonilla, who copped the 14-U crown with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Dave Palanas.

    Padilla also ended up with four titles as she and Acabo took the 18-U doubles plum with an 8-5 reversal over top seed Sydney Enriquez and Gulagula.