Top seed Khim Iglupas made it two-in-row in the Olivarez Cup Tennis Championships, besting Marian Capadocia, 6-3, 6-3, to capture the women’s Open singles crown before a huge weekend crowd at at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque City on Saturday.
Iglupas, 17, used her power and superb groundstrokes and banked on her solid baseline game to neutralize Capadocia, clinching crucial points in a number of long rallies that highlighted the match between of the country’s leading players.
That completed Iglupas’ domination of the centerpiece division of the annual event presented by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala through COO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by Philta. She took home the top P25,000 purse,
Unlike in her last year’s feat, spiked by a tough 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Edilyn Balanga in the finals, Capadocia completed her title romp in the tournament backed by Dunlop Fort Clay Court as the official ball, Stronghold Insurance and Aseana City, without dropping a set.
After an opening round bye, the Philippine Tennis Academy stalwart from Iligan City, eased out Rafa Villanueva, 6-2, 6-1, trounced Christine Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-1, before holding off Maia Balce, 6-1, 6-4, in the semis.
The No. 2 Capadocia also made a run of straight-set wins, whipping Erika Manduriao, 6-0, 6-0, and surviving a first-set scare from Samantha Coyiuto, 7-6, 6-1, before toppling Clarice Patrimonio, 6-4, 6-2, in the Final Four.
“Khim has been playing great tennis and she worked hard to reach her status which should serve as inspiration to our younger crop of players,” said Philta president and Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Meanwhile, wild card Francis Alcantara tries to cap his remarkable run in the annual event held in honor of former Paranaque Mayor Pablo Olivarez as he faces top seed PJ Tierro in today’s mens’ final.
Alcantara snapped three-peat champion Johnny Arcilla’s reign with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in Friday’s semis to earn a crack at the championship offering P50,000 to the winner.
But he will be facing an in-form Tierro, who bucked foot injury and ended Jurence Mendoza’s giant killing spree with a 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 win in the other semis clash.
The match is set at 11 a.m. today.