JOHN David Velez and Judy Ann Padilla frolicked at home and scored a pair of victories to lead the winners in the PPS-PEPP Mayor Oaminal national age group tournament at the Asenso tennis courts in Ozamiz City recently.
Velez, 16, humbled Brent Cortes 6-4, 6-2 to rule his age bracket then hacked out a 7-6(4), 3-4(ret.) win over Nash Agustines in the 18-under finals to match fellow Ozamiz bet Padilla’s two-title feat in the girls’ side of the Group 2 tournament presented by Dunlop.
Padilla, 14, rapped Christine Gulagula 6-1, 6-0 to dominate her age category then trounced Zeiah Toribio 6-2, 6-0 in the 16-under finals of the event that kicked off the Mindanao swing of the country’s long-running talent-search put up by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala headed by president-CEO Bobby Castro.
Sharing the spotlight were Cebu’s David Sepulveda (10-unisex), Mark Solis from Tangub City and Cielo Gonzales from Oroquieta (12-U) Cyd Villamar from Lanao del Norte (boys’ 14-U), and Zambo del Norte’s ace Sydney Enriquez (girls’ 18-U).
Sepulveda stunned top seed and doubles partner Pete Bandala 5-3, 5-3; Solis stopped Sepulveda in the semis 4-1, 4-5(5), 10-8 then foiled Bandala 6-3, 6-2; Gonzales held off Rose Mesiona 6-4, 7-5; Villamar shocked top seed Neo Maratas 0-4, 4-1, 10-7 in the semis then warded off No. 2 Penshoppe Erquita 7-6(2), 2-6, 10-2; and Enriquez romped off with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over doubles partner Karylle Baco.
Enriquez and Baco later edged siblings Jude Ann and Carmel Padilla 8-7(6) to snare the 18-U doubles crown with Alexis Acabo and Nilo Ledama snaring the boys’ title with an 8-5 victory over Agustines and Cortes.
Erquita and Solis bagged the 14-U diadem with an 8-4 triumph over Bandala and Sepulveda while AJ Acabo and Gulagula claimed the girls’ plum with an 8-3 rout of Shandy Cailing and Myushe Plariza and Sepulveda and Bandala thumped Rio Aguinid and Harlene Hangka 8-2 for the 10-unisex title.