Oro’s Padilla wins big time in Pulacan leg
BRINGING the first ever Cebuana Lhuillier tennis tourney’s Group 1 event in Mindanao turned to be a big triumph for Cagayan de Oro bet Casey Padilla of Corpus Christi School.
To everyone’s great surprise, Padilla recorded her first double-whammy feat in the Pulacan leg—considered a highest level tournament— held for the first time in the Visayas and Mindanao areas on Sept. 8-12 at the resortlike hard courts of Tabak Tennis Club in Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
Not used to winning big time, Padilla made it to the 12-under girls final where she thrashed Kristin Guia Margarrette Bandolis of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, 6-3, 6-3 then, returned in another titular duel where she was more impressive in overpowering Karylle Anne Baco of Pagadian City, 6-1, 6-2 for the 14-under girls crown.
“First time nag double champ si Casey (Padilla) and, to think, that in a Group 1 event pa gyod. It was quite rewarding as she prepared long and had been into cross training before the Pulacan leg,” said Mario Inguito Craiz, organizer of the Dunlop Sport-backed junior netfest for Viz-Min areas.
Another distaff campaigner Rovie Baulete also finished with two singles titles to show, besting Iligan City compatriot Annamae Mendoza in both the 16-under (6-4, 6-3) and 18-under (6-3, 6-0) girls titles.
However, Padilla had one more thing to cherish. She played alongside Jastine Faye Lim to beat the tandem of Jalia Sjaen Elumba and Princess Dhiana Matarul, 8-4 for the 14-under girls jewel in the doubles competition of the Group 1 event that drew a total of 202 entries.
The tournament’s complete results are the following: Singles event--10 unisex, champion Abdel Qadzri (pulacana,Labangan, ZDS) 5-4, 4-1; runner-up Vinz AJ Bering (Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte).
12 boys, champion Nash Agustines (Oroquieta City) 7-5, 6-3; runner-up Heinz Aslan Carbonilla (Maranding, Lala, Lanao del Norte).
12 girls, champion Casey Padilla(CDO) 6-3, 6-3; runner-up Kristin Guia Margarrette Bandolis (Tubod,Lanao del Norte).
14 boys, champion Brent Signmond Cortes (Tubod,Lanao del Norte) 6-4, 7-5; runner-up Eric Jay Tangub (Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur).
14 girls, champion Casey Padilla (CDO) 6-1, 6-2; runner-up Karylle Anne Baco (Pagadian City).
16 boys, champion Stephen Zion Guia (Dipolog City) 6-4, 1-0 (ret); runnerup Andrei Cuevas (Baroy, Lanao delNorte).
16 girls, champion Rovie Baulete (Iligan City) 6-4, 6-3; runner-up Annamae Mendoza (Iligan City).
18 boys, champion Jose Maria Pague (Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay) 6-3, 6-2; runner-up Jason Saavedra (Dapitan City).
18 girls, champion Rovie Baulete (Iligan City) 6-3, 6-0; ruinner-up Annamae Mendoza (Iligan City).
Doubles competition: 14 boys, champion Nash Agustines/Heinz Aslan Carbonilla, 8-1; runner-up Justin Yepis/Joedieper Ian Lim.
14 girls, champion Casey Padilla/Jastine Faye Lim, 8-4; runner-up Jalia Sjaen Elumba/Princess Dhiana Matarul.
18 boys, champion Jackey Mirabueno/Vince Geo Serino, 8-4; runnerup John Renest Sonsona/ Stephen Zion Guia.
18 girls, champion Aira Jeane Genetiano/Laisha Jane Echon, 8-6; runner-up Muzaina Matarul/Princess Dhiana Matarul.