Mosqueda trounces Olivarez in Andrada Cup


Dave Sebastian Mosqueda beat top seed Eric Olivarez, 7-5, 6-4, in their winner-take-all match in the 18-under in the 25th Andrada Cup tennis on Friday at the Rizal court.

Inspired and determined, the Davao native returned to the court with partner Jerome Romualdez and annexed the doubles beating Olivarez anew and his partner Joseph Nicolas Cano, 8-6, to become the only player to win double titles silver edition of the longest running tennis tournament held in honor of Commissioner Salvador Andrada.

Mosqueda dominated the winner-take-all match and denied the 15-year-old Olivarez from scoring back-to-back after ruling the
16-under at the expense of Emmanuel Vacalares, 6-2, 6-2.

Iglupas crushed Chloe Mae Saraza, 6-3, 6-1, in the girls 15-under but failed to follow up her win and lost to Maia Bernadette Balce, 5-7, 6-4, 62, in the 18-under as fatigue toiled on her.

“Eric really got tired,” said national coach and former national player Tom Falcis, who watched the game of Olivarez and Mosqueda.

Balce, who played twice in the World Junior both held in Malaysia, appeared headed for an easy win but Iglupas bounced back and extended the game to third and deciding set after taking the second stage behind steady game.

Unfazed and unruffled, the 5-foot-5 Manila born Balce, studying at St. Paul in Pasig, regained her rhythm to clinch the title and denied Iglupas from annexing the 18-under.

“I really wanted to win but my effort was not enough,” said the visibly tired Iglupas after failing to score back-to-back titles.

Saraza bounced back by taking the 14-under girls plum with an easy 6-0, 6-1 conquest of Zethley Mae Alferez.

Denise Bernardo ruled the 12-under girls beating Bettina Catoto, 6-0, 6-0, while Aljon Talatayod secured the 12-under boys via 6-3, 6-2, conquest of Jose Angelo Aparte. Arthur Craig Pantino ruled the 14-under boys crushing Jacob Martin, 7-5, 6-3.

PSC Commissioner Salvador Andrada whose tournament held in his honor, awarded the trophies to the winners in different age categories.

“They are our future stars in tennis. I organized this tournament 25 years ago primarily to tap young promising boys and girls for future international competitions. This will go a long way because my fellow former Philta presidents and friends from the private sectors as well as the PSC are backing me,” said Andrada, who headed Philta for more than two decades since 1986.


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