Reigning PCA Open men’s titlist Patrick John Tierro survived veteran Johnny Arcilla in a thrilling 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) decision to rule the 35th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier ATF Tour on Sunday at the PCA indoor shell-clay court in Paco, Manila.
There was a sense of déjà vu in the air as Tierro once again fought Arcilla for the crown.
It was a different story this time though.
Last week, Tierro zoomed to a roaring start to snatch the PCA championship, 6-2, 7-6 (5). Yesterday, the 31-year-old Tierro was the one who got left behind in the first set and had to weather an early assault by the 36-year-old Butuan native, who looked poised to avenge his stinging loss.
After winning the second set, Tierro continued with his dominance as Arcilla’s momentum hit a brick wall. Arcilla, white-knuckled in his effort to gain the advantage, finally ran out of steam.
Tierro added another trophy in his growing collection and became US$1,200 richer. Arcilla, who had a solid run throughout the competition only to come up a little short, would have to make do with US$900 in the tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tennis Federation.
Meanwhile, Clarice and Christine Patrimonio turned the ladies’ finals into the ‘Patrimonio show’.
The 22-year-old Clarice shook off a sluggish first set to deflate older sister Christine’s hopes, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, in the singles finals.
Clarice captured the crown and the top purse of P20,000 while Christine settled for P10,000.
The Patrimonio siblings then combined forces and proved they were the better sister act in the doubles’ competition against Marian Jade and Jella Capadocia, 6-2, (retire).
Marian Jade, who was nursing a flu, tried to shrug off the bug but was too exhausted to keep going in the second set.
The Patrimonios grabbed the P10,000 cash prize while the Capadocias accepted P5,000 in the ATF event supported by The Philippine Star, Dunlop, Whirlpool-Fujidenzo, Chris Sports, Mary Grace, Aseana City, PVL Restaurant, Maverick, Compass, Babolat, Just Jewels, Rexona, Palm Rock, Coca Cola Femsa Philippines, Pearl Garden Hotel, Pearl Lane Hotel, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, L&M, Broadway Motors, Stronghold Insurance and Monte.