Shaina Rivera put on a strong performance to rack up three titles, including the premier girls’ 18-and-under crown, while John Emmanuel Estrope ruled two divisions in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tournament presented by Babolat in Sultan Kudarat last Monday.
The unranked Rivera, a 13-year-old find from Monkayo Compostela Valley, blanked top seed Lyndie Bisnar in the semis then trounced No. 2 Abegail Icoy, 5-3, 4-1, to claim the 18-and-U diadem in the four-day event put up by Philta and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshot and Technosports, distributor of Babolat.
As fifth seed, Rivera also stunned No. 1 and local ace Carlyn Bless Guarde, 5-3, 0-4, 10-7, in the 16-and-U semis then whisked off unranked Ebony Ronco, 4-0, 4-1, to clinch the crown at the Isulan Tennis Club. Rivera also took the 14-and-u crown with a 4-0, 4-2 rout of Minet Bentillo to complete an impressive three-title sweep in the tournament.
“I want to thank my sponsor Romy Chan for inviting me to train under the Philippine Tennis Academy,” said Rivera, who also took the 14-and-u crown with a 4-0, 4-2 rout of Minet Bentillo to complete an impressive three-title sweep in the tournament hosted by Gov. Teng Mangudadatu.
The third seeded Estrope smothered No. 5 Eduardo Bagaforo, 4-1, 4-0, to claim the boys’ 18-and-U diadem then beat unseeded Jarel Edanga via the same score in the 32-player, 16-and-U category.
Sultan Kudarat’s Vince EJ Tugade, 12, also annexed two titles, repulsing Edanga, 2-4, 4-2, 10-7, in the boys’ 14-and-U and stunning top seed Marc Directo, 4-2, 5-3, in the 12-and-U class.
Guarde bagged the 12-and-U title with a 4-1, 4-0 romp over Jazelle Madis while the eight-year-old Bentillo, also from Sultan Kudarat, copped the 10- unisex crown with a 4-2, 4-1 win over Ma. Angela Novis.
“Rivera’s remarkable threetitle romp speaks well of our program to provide as a venue for young talents to showcase their skills and talent. For sure, there are many more young players waiting to be tapped,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.