ZAMBOANGA del Norte bet Sydney Enriquez and Elkizabeth Abarquez from Carcar City, Cebu led the winners in the recently-concluded inaugural leg of the 2017 Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Tennis Championships hosted by the Citigreen Tennis Resort, Alta Vista Golf and Country Club, and Pardo Tennis Club in Cebu City that attracted 180 entries.
Enriquez beat Minette April Bentinop from Sultan Kudarat, 6-3 , 6-1 for the 14 & under girls championship and partnered with Bentino to share the 14 and under girls’ doubles crown with an 8 - 0 victory over Helary Coderos and Corazon Lambunao while Abarquez defeated Sultan Kudarat's Carlyn Bless Guarde 6 - 3 , 6 - 3 to bag the girls' 16 and under title, she also teamed up with Shyne Villareal and fashioned an 8 - 4 win over Ghylliana Yu and Pherl Bless Coderos to share the the 18 and under doubles crown in the tournament supported by Dunlop as the official ball.
Guarde avenged her defeat to Abarquez in the 18 and under finals as she eked out a 7 - 5 , 6 - 3 beating of Abarquez to win the title whileanother familiar name Jose Maria Pague from Zamboanga Sibugay beat old nemesis and 16 and under boys' titlist Vince Tigade 6 - 4 , 6 - 3 in the boys' 18 and under finals, Tugade earlier copped the 16 and under crown over local bet Marc Nicole Suson 7-6, 6-1.
“ This year, we added a total of eight new cities in the Visayas-Mindanao area, believing that we will discover more young talents here as we have done in the past, ” said Cebuana Lhuillier president /CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier, who is also the current PHILTA chairman.
“We now have legs in Bacolod City, Damilag, Bukidnon, Mlang, North Cotabato, Digos City, Tagum, Davao Oriental, Puerto Princesa, Kidapawan, North Cotabato, and Kalibo Aklan. Total legs this year will reach as many as 46,” explained Lhuillier.
Other notable winners in the Group 2 tournament were Oroquieta City's Nash Agustines in the boys’ 12 and under after he beat John Christopher Sonsona from Lanao del Norte 6-2 , 7-5, Agustines also shared the boys' 14 and under doubles title with partner Erie Tagal, beating Brent Sigmond Cortes and Ashton Benne Villanueva 8 - 4; Tiffany Claire Nocos duplicated the feat in the girls' side with an easy 6 -0, 6 - 3 victory over Ormoc City bet Corazon Lambonao, Lapu Lapu City's Chad Connor Cuizon swept Bryzen Matthew Sanchez 4 - 0, 4 - 0 in the finals of the 10 and under unisex group. Feb Wendell Deja and Rucel Cero conspired to win over Pague and Ramon Wilfred Bentillo, 8- 4 for the boys' 18 and under title.
The next leg in the nationwide, island-hopping series will be in Iloilo City.