Top seeds Patrick John Tierro and Marian Jade Capadocia ruled their respective divisions in the the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings at the PCA indoor courts in Paco, Manila.
Tierro, ended Johnny Arcilla’s reign with a nail-biting 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 victory on Sunday to bag his first men’s singles title.
“I just stayed focused all throughout the game,” said the 29-year-old Tierro, who was voracious against the reigning titlist in a four-hour marathon.
Tierro, who had four runner-up finishes in the PCA, finally took home the trophy along with P100,000 cash prize, while Arcilla made do with P50,000.
Capadocia, on the other hand, encountered minimal resistance against fourth seed Maika Tanpoco, 6-1, 6-0, to seal her fourth ladies’ singles crown in the tournament supported by Dunlop, Fujidenzo/Whirlpool, Babolat, Hon. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Head, Accel, Malate Bayview Mansion, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc., Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company Inc. and Seno Hardware.
“Kalmado yung laro ko, hindi ko minadali yung bawat shots ko kaya maganda ang naging resulta. Pinag-aralan ko lang muna ang galaw niya para alam ko kung paano ko siya aatakihin,” said the 19-year-old Capadocia.
Capacodia was awarded P50,000 cash prize while Tanpoco settled for P25,000 in the event also backed by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI, GMA 7 and TV 5.
In the ladies’ doubles division, Capadocia failed to stretch her winning ways with younger sister Jella who bowed to Marinel Rudas and Edilyn Balanga, 5-7, 6-2, 5-7. The Rudas-Balanga tandem won P25,000 while the Capadocia sisters got P10,000.
On the men’s doubles side, Johnny Arcilla and Kyle Joshua Dandan took the top honors after beating Joseph Arcilla and Kim Saraza, 6-4, 6-3, along with P50,000 cash prize. Joseph and Saraza settled for P25,000.