Marian Jade Capadocia scooped up the ladies’ singles title in the 36th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open, and it felt just as sweet as the first time she did it.
Capadocia, who won the crown four straight years from 2011, scored a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Clarice Patrimonio, who appeared like she could not get in any kind of groove yesterday at the PCA indoor shell-clay courts in Paco, Manila.
“I’m just so happy for winning the title again after two years. It’s like I’m winning my first crown again. My hard work really paid off,” said Capadocia.
Patrimonio, the daughter of former PBA superstar Alvin who won the titles in 2015 and 2016 when Capadocia was concentrating on international tournaments, committed crucial errors in the second set.
The most glaring were the two double faults that led to Capadocia taking a 4-1 lead. The match lasted two hours.
“She’s really good. I just stayed patient during the whole game especially during long rallies,” said Capadocia, who will spearhead the Arellano University squad in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tennis tournament at the end of the month.
Capadocia earned P50,000 and Patrimonio received P25,000 in the tournament supported by The Philippine Star, Asiatraders Dunlop, Stronghold Insurance, Whirlpool/Fujidenzo, Head, United Auctioneers, Pearl Garden Hotel, Babolat, Tyrecorp Inc., PVL Restaurant, Greenfield Marketers One, Mary Grace Foods Inc., Coca-Cola Philippines-FEMSA, Kraut Art Glass, Manuel Misa and lawyer Antonio Cablitas.
Meanwhile, International Tennis Federation juniors campaigner John Bryan Otico stunned 2016 champion Patrick John Tierro, 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, to claim the men’s singles title.
Otico pocketed the P100,000 top purse while Tierro settled for P50,000 consolation prize.
“I just can’t explain how I feel right now. It was a good run especially beating the defending champion and winning this whole thing,” said the 18-year-old Otico.
In juniors play, John Renest Sonsona beat Cenon Gonzales Jr., 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, for the boys’ 18-under title and Arianne Nillasca hammered Bea Gomez, 6-0, 6-0, for the girls’ 18-under crown.