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Gomera snatches 2 tennis crowns in San Carlos Pintaflores tennis tilt

MCLEEN GOMERA endured a couple of quarterfinal scares but strung a pair of victories to dominate the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala (PPS-PEPP) San Carlos City national juniors championships at the SJRI Centermall courts in Negros Occidental Monday.

Gomera repelled Herman Illusorio, 4-5(1), 4-1, 10-7, in the quarterfinals of the boys’ 16-under play then trounced Carl Miasco, 6-2, 6-3, before beating Kenzo Brodeth via the same score in the finals of the Group I tournament held in conjunction with the Pintaflores Festival celebrations.

The Bacolod (Lanao del Norte) ace, who also swept two titles in the recent Buglasan Festival in Dumaguete, similarly needed to fight back from a set down to defuse Alekzander Po, 2-4, 4-2, 12-10, in the 18-under quartefinals.

He then subdued Illusorio, 7-6(4), 6-3, before whipping Hans Cabellon, 6-2, 6-3, to complete another twin kill and bag the MVP honors in the country’s longest talent-search put up by Palawan Pawnshop president and CEO Bobby Castro.

Ormoc City’s Kimi Brodeth, meanwhile, failed to complete a third straight “double” after sweeping the 16- and 18-under titles at home and in Baybay, ruling the premier division with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Bacolod City’s Hannah Divinagracia but yielding a 5-7, 4-6, 9-11 decision to also to Divinagracia in the 16-under finals.

The other winners were Valencia, Negros Oriental’s Shara Paliwag and Kenzo Brodeth of Ormoc in 14-under and Ma. Caroliean Fiel, also from Ormoc, and Matthew Morris, from Valencia, in 12-under class of the event presented by Dunlop and hosted by San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo and Vice Mayor Christopher Carmona.

Paliwag hacked out a pair of tough three-setters, nipping Therese Gauran, 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-4, in the semifinals then edging Kate Imalay, 1-6, 6-0, 10-8, in the finals, while Kenzo Brodeth held off Kurt Barrera from Tayasan, Negros Oriental, 6-2, 7-5; and Fiel racked up another crown via a 6-4, 2-6, 11-9 win over Mae Castro, while the third-ranked Morris upended top seed David Sepulveda, 7-6(1), 6-4, in the tournament backed by ProtekTODO, PalawanPay, Unified Tennis Philippines and Universal Tennis Rating.

Action shifts to Tayasan in Negros Oriental beginning Thursday with the same field clashing in eight age-group categories and ranking points. For details, contact Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.

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