Jarata, Ju­cu­tan tri­umph

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Marielle Jarata racked up two ti­tles while Ex­e­quiel Ju­cu­tan up­ended his fan­cied ri­vals in the boys’ side of the Palawan Pawn­shop-Palawan Ex­press Pera Padala Baguio leg ten­nis tour­na­ment at the Baguio Ten­nis Club in Burn­ham Park last Mon­day. Jarata, from Agoo, La Union, over­pow­ered Prince Lim, 4-0, 4-1, to dom­i­nate the 10-uni­sex di­vi­sion then moved one rung higher to blank Dynna Visaya, 6-0, 6-0, for the 12-U crown of the Group 2 tour­na­ment that drew close to 200 play­ers from Pan­gasi­nan, Laoag, Vi­gan, La Union, Tar­lac and La­guna.

Ju­cu­tan, on the other hand, stunned top seed An­dre Jarata, 6-3, 6-3, to snare the boys’ 14-U ti­tle then the ris­ing Pan­gasi­nan star turned back sec­ond seed Dale Cuevas, 6-1, 5-7, 10-8, in the 16-U fi­nals of the four-day cham­pi­onship spon­sored by Palawan Pawn­shop and pre­sented by Slazenger.

“These two play­ers’ feats im­press us the most and we hope to pro­duce more of their kind through our year-long, na­tion­wide tal­ent-search, which has now reached north,” said Palawan Pawn­shop pres­i­dent/CEO Bobby Cas­tro.

Denise Bernardo came all the way from Los Baños, La­guna to blast An­gela Tan­galin, 6-3, 6-1, and claim the girls’ 18-U plum while lo­cal bet and No. 3 Joshua De Guz­man thwarted Charles Tor­res, 6-3, 6-4, in fi­nals of the boys’ pre­mier side of the event spon­sored by lo­cal backer Erge Con­sul­tants and sup­ported by the Uni­fied Ten­nis Philip­pines, in­clud­ing PPS-PEPP, Ce­buana Lhuil­lier, Wil­son, Toby’s, Dun­lop, Slazenger and B-Meg.

The lo­cal girls also stamped their class with Sharry Caluza foil­ing top seed Bernardo’s bid for a sec­ond di­a­dem with a 6-4, 6-1 vic­tory in the 16-U fi­nals and the top-seeded An­ge­line Atos crush­ing Adri­ana Cabahug, 6-1, 6-1, for the 14-U ti­tle.

Pan­gasi­nan’s Justin Er­pelo shared the spot­light by up­set­ting top seed JT Bernardo, 6-0, 6-3, for the boys’ 12-U crown while Bernardo teamed up with Anna De­myer to cop the girls’ 18-U dou­bles ti­tle with an 8-6 win over Caluza and Tan­galin and Lawrence Bon­gato and Justin de Guz­man took the boys’ plum via the same score­line over Vergel Cal­lanta and Charles Tor­res.

Other dou­bles win­ners were Adri­ana Cabahug-Tris­ten Ki­tong (girls’ 14-U), Bernardo and Jarata (boys’ 14-U crown) and Kris Lim and JP Lim (10-U).

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