• Rivera, Vitaliano clinch WTA Future berths

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    Shaira Hope Rivera and Miles Vitaliano dished out top forms to upstage their higher-ranked rivals on Thursday, rule their respective divisions in the Olivarez Cup Open 2015 and gain berths in the WTA Future Stars Tournament in Singapore in October.

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    The third ranked Rivera kept the momentum of her stirring come-from-behind semis win over second seed Rafaella Villanueva, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, as the Moncayo, Davao Del Norte find outplayed No. 1 Monica Therese Cruz, 6-4, 6-1, to capture the girls’ 16-and-under crown in the upset-marred event presented by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala.

    Vitaliano, also ranked No. 3 in the 14-U play, survived Danna Abad in the quarterfinals, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, eased out second seed Carlyn Bless Guarde, 6-3, 6-3, in the semis before upending No. 1 Mikaela Vicencio, 7-6(5), 6-0, to claim the crown in the Group I tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association and backed by Dunlop AllClay Court as the official ball, Stronghold Insurance and Aseana City.

    Rivera, a La Salle-Zobel mainstay, and Vitaliano from Quezon City thus clinched the coveted berths in the WTA Futures where they will slug it out with the top junior players in the Asia-Pacific region from Oct. 20-27.

    Philta, through president Edwin Olivarez, designated the Olivarez Cup as the qualifying tournament for the WTA Future Stars, a series of community events featuring U-14 and U-16 tournaments produced in association with the Sport Singapore and Singapore Tennis Association featuring the top junior female talents in Asia-Pacific.

    In other results, Cruz from Naga made up for her 16-U setback by topping the premier 18-U section, beating Melanie Dizon, 6-2, 6-1, while second seed Macie Carlos humbled top seed Amanda Zoleta, 6-4, 6-3, to snare the 12-U diadem.

    Unranked Allen Manlangit from Iligan City also completed his remarkable run since shocking top seed Chris Prulla in the first round, 6-3, 6-0, chalking up five more victories, including a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 win over Mark Cabahug in the finals to cop the boys’ 18-U crown.

    No. 3 Justin Suarez, son of former Davis Cup hero Raymond Suarez, also turned back top seed Cenon Gonzales Jr., 6-1, 6-4, to nail the 16-U title; second seed Marcus del Rosario repulsed No. 1 Nio Tria, 6-3, 7-5, to capture the 14-U title; No. 2 Miguel Luis Vicencio held off Jan Harold Trillanes, 6-2, 7-5, to clinch the 12-U plum; while top seed Marc Andrei Jarata subdued Samuel Nuguit, 4-1, 5-3, to pocket the 10-unisex crown.

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