Daniel Estanislao 3rd and Brent Signmond Cortes held off their top ranked rivals to bag the titles in their respective categories in the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings at the PCA indoor shell clay courts in Paco, Manila.
The unseeded Estanislao shocked second pick Aljon Talatayod, 6-2, 6-3, for the boys’ 12-under crown, while No. 5 Cortes held off No. 3 Rupert Ohrelle Tortal, 2-4, 4-0, 5-4 (5), for the 10-unisex title in the tournament supported by Dunlop, Fujidenzo/Whirlpool, Babolat, Hon. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Head, Accel, Malate Bayview Mansion, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc., Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company Inc. and Seno Hardware.
Second pick Alexandra Eala overpowered top pick Miles Vitaliano, 7-6 (6), 6-1, for the girls’ 12-under championship. Eala, who teamed up with Saraza, also copped the title in the girls’ 14-under doubles at the expense of the powerhouse duo of Vicencio and Melanie Dizon, 8-4.
Cortes, who joined Prince Najeeb Langitao, downed Miguel Luis Vicencio and Minette Bentillo, 8-7 (6), to snatch the 10-under unisex doubles finals.
Top seeds Mikaela Vicencio and Chloe Mae Saraza went out with guns blazing to claim their titles in their respective divisions in the tourney backed by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI and GMA 7.
Vicencio’s relentless attack turned back No. 2 Jackie Tan Ho, 6-4, 6-4, in the girls’ 14-under, while Saraza had to bounce back from a bleak second set to stop unseeded Angela Cabaral, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 , in the girls’ 16-under event.
Unheralded Jose Maria Pague, on the other hand, continued his impressive run as he outlasted third seed Janus Ringia, 2-6, 6-4, 5-4 (ret.) in the finals to clinch the boys’ 14-under title. Ringia wasn’t able to finish the third set after he suffered from cramps due to intense heat.