Patricia Velez posted another two-title romp at home turf but NCR’s Matthew Garcia grabbed the spotlight when he upended local ace Jhon David Velez to snare the boys’ 14-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit at the GSIS Tennis Club in Davao on Monday.
Patricia flashed the form that netted her the 16- and 18-U titles in Kidapawan and Koronadal the last three weeks, thwarting Danna Abad, 6-4, 6-4, in the 16-U finals and turning back Gennifer Pagente, 7-5, 6-1, for the 18-U diadem in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.
Garcia, ranked No. 6 in a full-packed field of 64, racked up four victories in straight-set fashions, including a 6-1, 6-0 rout of top seed Sebastian Lhuillier in the semis. The son of former tennis star Dyan Castillejo then clipped the No. 2 Jhon David, 6-2, 6-3, to nail his maiden win in the nationwide circuit backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.
Macie Carlos, also from Manila, also pulled off a pair of wins in girls’ play, thumping April Bentillo, 6-2, 6-1, for the 12-U plum and repulsing Angela Novis, 6-3, 7-5, for the 14-U diadem, while Tenielle Madis from Mlang, Cotabato bagged the 10-unisex crown with a 4-1, 4-2 romp over Jillian Manangking.
“It is inspiring to see so many youngsters compete and chase titles and ranking points. While Patricia continues to dominate, the competition in other divisions remains unpre-dictable, underscoring the level playing field,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Koronadal City’s Janus Ringia held off Vince Tugade, 6-3, 6-4, in the semis then over-powered Lordrens Pacheco, 6-4, 6-2, to nail the boys’ 18-U crown but Tugade, from Sul-tan Kudarat, got back at his tormentor and took the 16-U title via a 6-4, 6-2 decision.
Meanwhile, action shifts to Iloilo this Thursday when the eighth leg is held at the Iloilo City Tennis Center, featuring more than 300 entries.