Seno, Mildwaters dominate Cebu netfest.
Local ace Jan Godfrey Seno and Fil-Aussie Crystal Mildwaters came away with two victories each while Manila bets Sebastien Lhuillier and Macie Carlos topped their respective divisions in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis tournament in Laray, Cebu last Tuesday.
But while Seno lived up his top billing with a 6-2, ret. win and a 6-0, 6-0, romp over Kevin Pantillo in the boys' 18- and 16-and-under sections, respectively, the unranked 13-year-old Mildwaters stunned the girls' field, upending second seed Tracy Llamas, 6-0, 6-2, to claim the 16-U plum in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by the leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center.
Meanwhile, over 250 entries have signed up for the Puerto Princesa leg, also a Group 2 event, of the circuit which fires off today at the Puerto Princesa Tennis Club. Participants will also be treated to a day-tour to the Underground River and Honda Bay, among others.
The Perth-based Mildwaters, whose Filipina mother hails from Lapu-Lapu, also beat Llamas, 6-4, 6-2, in the quarters, eased out No. 7 Febbie Abayan, 6-0, 6-1, in the semis before repulsing fellow giant killer Elizabeth Abarquez, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to snatch the 14-under crown in the six-day event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and ParaAaAaAeA~aque Mayor Edwin Olivare
"I'm very happy to win and join the list of champions in this Palawan Pawnshop circuit which is a big boost indeed to Philippine junior tennis," said Mildwaters, adding that the local circuit is very popular in Perth.
The top-seeded Lhuillier, meanwhile, survived No. 2 Cesar Salimbangon in a thrilling finale, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5, while Carlos held off Mae Repollo, 7-5, 6-3, for the boys and girls' 12-under diadems.
Naga City, Cebu's Shyne Villareal and Vhenz Alforque also topped their respective categories with the former recovering from a poor start with a strong finish to hack out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Llamas for the girls' 18-under crown.
Alforque, on the other hand, dominated Salimbangon, 6-1, 6-0, to cop the boys' 14-under title while Justiniani Khenz scraped past Benedict Goco, 1-4, 4-2, 4-1, to annex the 10-unisex plum.