• Enriquez posts rare 3-title PPS tennis feat


    Sydney Enriquez flashed superb form to dominate the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Pagadian age-group tennis tournament, sweeping three girls’ titles at the ZDS Sports Complex Tennis Club in Zamboanga del Sur on Sunday.

    Enriquez stamped her class in her age group, dropping just three games, including a 6-0, 6-1 romp over Rose Tabudlong to run away with the 14-and-under title in the Group 3 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

    The Salug, Zambo del Norte find also bucked the odds and took the 16-U plum with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Wyne Paglinawan then completed the rare feat by taking the 18-U diadem via a 6-3, 6-3 decision, also against Paglinawan.

    “Enriquez should inspire young players that through hard work, determination and dedication, one can overcome the odds, including beating older, tougher rivals,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

    Fourth ranked Nilo Ledama stepped up for the hosts, overpowering Eric Tangub, 6-1, 6-2, to bag the boys’ 14-U crown. But the rising Zambo del Sur star failed to match Enriquez’s exploits, falling short to top seed Steven Sonsona of Tubod, Lanao, 4-6, 6-0, 10-7, in the 16-U finals and retired, 6-4, 3-0, against Renest Sonsona in the centerpiece 18-U championship dubbed as the Gov. Tony Cerilles leg.

    Top seed Kristine Bandolis, also from Tubod, survived Tabudlong, 6-3, 6-4, in the semis then ripped No. 2 Faye Lim, 6-2, 6-3, to capture the girls’ 12-U diadem while fancied Nash Agustines from Oroquieta City took the boys’ 12-U title with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Christopher Sonsona.

    Kurt Bandolis, on the other hand, rallied from a set down to beat Revo Lao, 1-4, 4-0, 4-0, and pocket the 10-unisex diadem in the five-day ranking tournament sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

    Meanwhile, action shifts to Sultan Kudarat on Nov. 17-21 for the Isulan leg of the nation-wide, yearlong circuit which also serves as part of the Kalimudan Festival celebrations. Listup is ongoing. For details 09154046464.


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