Patrimonio, Arcilla rule Tuna Festival Open

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Clarice Patrimonio CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Clarice Patrimonio
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Clarice Patrimonio poured it all out in the tiebreaker and clinched a tough 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) decision over Khim Iglupas while Johnny Arcilla held off Leander Lazaro, 7-5, 6-1, as they shared top honors in the Tuna Festival Open Tennis Championship in General Santos City.

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Patrimonio blew a 2-0 lead in the third set but fought back from two-sets down twice and came through with key shots in the 12th game to force a tiebreaker which she dominated to snare the crown and top purse worth P20,000.

Arcilla, the other hand, rallied from 1-4 down in the first set with a sweep of the next three games, fell down again as Lazaro held serve in the ninth game before winning the next three.

Seizing the set and the momentum, the veteran Lazaro dominated the second set with his variety of shots, taking the first five games on his way to victory to retain the crown worth P30,000 and snap back-to-back title defeats to PJ Tierro in the recent PCA Open tournaments.

The 22-year-old Patrimonio, who subdued Shaira Rivera, 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals, actually started out strong, taking a 3-1 lead in the opening frame but sputtered with her shots and poor return shots, enabling Iglupas to rack up the next five games and the set.

But Patrimonio put on another strong start in the second and this time sustaining her charge, winning the first three games and taking three of the next six to force a deciding set.

She quickly took the first two sets again, but dropped eight straight points as Iglupas forced a 2-2 count then the latter took the next two games to go 4-2, including a break via shutout in the sixth game. The two broke each other in the next two before Patrimonio strung up a break-hold-break to snatch a 6-5 lead. Iglupas, however, struck in the 12th to send the match into the tiebreaker.

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