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PH junior netters shine in Sarawak tilt

The Philippine junior netters sustained their form and completed their romp in the ATF (Asian Tennis Federation) 14-and-Under Series, winning all but of the four titles disputed in Kuching, Sarawak over the weekend.

Marc Jarata actually made it four-for-four for the Filipinos but he teamed up with Malaysian Thoybah Rahim to upend the top-seeded tandem of Exequiel Jucutan and Joewyn Pascua, 5-3, 4-2, in the boys’ doubles finals of the annual event which drew some of the leading and rising junior players in the region.

Members of Team Unified Tennis Philippines pose after completing their sweep of the 14th ATF (Asian Tennis Federation) 14-Under Series in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia over the weekend. They are (from left) boys’ singles and doubles runner-up Exequiel Jucutan, girls singles and doubles champion Alexa Milliam, doubles titlist Marielle Jarata, UTP general manager Jackie Tomacruz, boys’ singles champion and doubles runnerup Joewyn Pascua, and boys’ doubles winner Andrei Jarata. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Earlier, Pascua, spearhead of the four-player Team Unified Tennis Philippines handled by coach Leander Lazaro, scored a 3-5, 4-0, 3-3 (ret.) win over teammate Jucutan to claim the singles diadem while Alexa Milliam lived up to her top billing by bagging the girls’ singles plum with an imposing 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Taiwanese Tzeng Mu-Jie.

Milliam survived Liya Chu, also from Taiwan, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1, in the semis of the four-day Category 2 event at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association Tennis Center.

Milliam and Marielle Alexi Jarata, whose campaign with Team UTP is backed by Cebuana Lhuillier Micro Savings, Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala, Dunlop, Enervon, STI, Buffalo Wild Wings, BO’S Coffee and Madison Galeries Lifestyle Mall, set up the country’s romp with a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 victory over Singapore’s Tamryn Brown and Sue Yan Tan last Friday.

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