Kiana De Asis hacked out two victories in contrasting fashions while Fernando Po pulled off a win and a runner-up finish as they shared MVP honors in the PPS-PEPP Iloilo regional age-group tennis tournament at the Ultra Tennis Courts recently.
The 16-year-old De Asis bounced back a second set defeat and wore down Althea Martirez in the tiebreak, 6-3, 2-6, 12-10, to rule her age bracket then the La Carlota star dominated Avril Suace, 6-3, 6-1, to claim the girls’ 18-and-under crown in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro and presented by Dunlop.
The fifth-ranked Po, on the other hand, shocked top seed Drixcyn Guillano, 6-4, 6-1, to snare the boys’ 16-U diadem but failed to match De Asis’ feat with a 6-3, 1-0(ret.) loss to No. 1 and fellow Bacolodnon Reynan Mahusay in the premier division of the week-long event backed by Asiatraders Corp. and sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.
Unseeded Jan Roger Lamparero from Cabatuan also carved out a big win in the 14-U side, upending the top seeded Guillano, 7-5, 6-1, in the semis then trouncing Alekzander Po, 6-1, 6-1, for the crown while Martirez, from LaPaz, Iloilo, atoned for her loss to De Asis by taking the girls’ 14-U title via a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Faith Banico.
Kalibo, Aklan’s Ronald Rey and Banico from Siquijor shared the 12-U honors with the former blasting Jeff Jimenea, 6-2, 6-3, and the latter rebounding from an earlier loss with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over young Therese Gauran from Tayasan, Negros Oriental.
Gauran, meanwhile, took the 10-unisex plum with a 4-2, 4-1 romp over Alexandra Onte.
De Asis actually came away with a third crown as she teamed up with Tracy Lllamas to beat Rizza Cubos and Princess Jimenez, 8-3, in the 18-U doubles finals with Mahusay and Arvin Toledo claiming the boys’ title with an 8-5 victory over Prince Dimate and Marven Mosquera.
Guillano also partnered with Angelo Mejia as they won the 14-U title with an 8-5 decision over Jeff Jimenea and Jan Lamparero while Ma. Petrina Aguirre and Faith Blanco bagged the girls’ plum with an 8-0 rout of Alecka Cruzata and Mary Mondragon, and Davienne Gauran and Aleeva Suace nailed the 10-U diadem with an 8-1 triumph over Francis De Juan and Alexandra Onte.