• Iglupas, Arcilla dominate Olivarez Cup


    Khim Iglupas put on another solid game to put away Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-3, and capture the ladies Open singles crown of the Olivarez Cup Tennis Championship for the third straight time at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque on Saturday.

    The Iligan City-based ace outplayed Patrimonio with her superb baseline game, breaking her second-seeded rival once in each set while holding serve all throughout to fashion out the victory and complete a first-ever three-peat feat in the annual event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and backed by backed by Milestone Guaranty and Assurance Corp. and Slazenger as official ball.

    Johnny Arcilla , on the other hand, held off doubles partner Patrick John Tierro, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, to nail the men’s singles crown, his third in the last four staging.

    Arcilla, who eased out No. 3 Elbert Anasta, 6-3, 6-2, in the semis, struck back strong from a third set defeat, winning the first five games in the fourth, including the second where he broke Tierro in a love-game. He sustained his charge and swept the third, dropped just one point to take the fourth then racked up four straight points to go 5-0.

    Tierro, who trounced Bryan Otico, 6-2, 6-3, in the Final Four, broke the spell by taking the sixth game but Arcilla finished off his doubles pal by taking the last two points after Tierro forced a 30-all count.

    It was an anti-climactic ending to what had started out to be a fierce duel of the country’s aces with Arcilla pulling off back-to-back cliffhangers before Tierro broke Arcilla once to snatch the third frame.

    Earlier, on her way to the finals, the Philippine Tennis Academy mainstay hacked out a 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3, semis upset over top seed Marian Capadocia, whom she also upended in last year’s finale.

    Iglupas’ triumph also foiled Patrimonio’s bid for a sweep after she and sister Christine took the ladies doubles diadem with a 6-3, 6-0 romp over top seed Shaira Rivera and Marinel Rudas.

    Meanwhile, Arcilla and Tierro pulled off a tough 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 victory over last year’s men’s singles champion Francis Casey Alcantara and Bryan Otico to pocket the doubles crown.


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