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Mixed winners in Cebuana tennis

IT was a mix of familiar names and relatively unknown provincial players who emerged winners at the recently -concluded Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Championship series  Surallah, South Cotabato leg which was actually played  anew in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat because of unplayable playing conditions in Surallah.

Leading the charge of multi leg winners  were Carlyn Bless Guarde from Isulan  who ruled both the girls’ 16 & under and 18 & under categories, continuing her consistent performance from the previous leg also held in Isulan. She beat Davao City’s Danna Mariella Abad, 6-2, 6-7, 10-4  for the 18 & under crown and earlier, disposed of 14 & under champion Sydney Ezra Enriquez from Zamboanga del Norte, 6-0, 6-2 in the 16 & under finals. Enriquez consoled herself with the 14 & under title where she  posted an easy 6-1, 6-0 win over CDO’s Casey Padilla in the 10-year-old  grassroots tennis developmental program also supported by Dunlop as the official ball.

The other  individual winner in the distaff side was up and coming North Cotabato bet Tenniele Madis, who delivered a double win  after topping the 12 & under  at the expense of Padilla, 6-0, 6-2, and the 10 & under  unisex group where she beat Reyman Saldivar Jr., 4-1, 4-2.

“I am truly pleased when I hear new names coming out as winners in this series, it really shows that there are a lot of potentials in the provinces  given the opportunity to show what they can do,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, president/CEO of Cebuana  Lhuillier  and current PHILTA chairman.