Palawan’s Santos wins PPTO Bacolod leg

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Fifteen year-old Alexie Santos of Puerto Princesa, Palawan ruled the Bacolod regional leg of the Peugeot Philippines Tennis Open (PPTO) last November 23 to 29, 2015, bagging both the women’s singles championship and women’s doubles championship with her mother, Melinda Santos. The mother and daughter tandem has secured their places in the PPTO National Finals scheduled in February 2016. The younger Santos did not let her guard down as she crushed Rosalie Clelo with a 6-0, 6-0 victory for the women’s singles championship title. She then teamed up with her mother in the women’s doubles division for an exciting 7-5, 6-4 win against their opponents, Anabelle Zaragoza and Margie Escher. The PPTO Bacolod leg is the first time the mother-daughter tandem played doubles in a tournament. When asked about how it was like to play and win the tournament with her mother, Alexie said, “I was nervous at first, but after several plays, I felt confident and comfortable. Overall, it was really fun playing with my mom. We learned a lot of things including teamwork and the experience strengthened our relationship as mother and daughter.” Meanwhile, current Philippine Tennis Association Men’s Singles No. 6 seed Vicente Elberto Anasta dominated the men’s singles championship match, edging over his opponent John Altiche with a 6-3, 6-1 win.

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