September 11, 2018 at 08:30 pm
Manila Standard Sports
Sydney Ezra Enriquez enhanced a promising tennis career by posting two more victories in the Sindangan leg of the Palawan Pawnshop Palawan Express Pera Padala age group tennis circuit, completing a rare sweep of the three-leg Zamboanga Del Norte swing last Monday.
The 16-year-old Enriquez, unranked in her age group, worked her way up with a string of lopsided victories then trounced Princess Gom-os, 6-2, 6-1, in the finals. The Salug, Zambo del Norte ace then repeated over Gom-os, 6-3, 7-5, to nail the 18-and-under crown, thus matching her feats in the Liloy and Salug stops of the Group 2 tournament presented by Dunlop.
Enriquez capped her big week in the event hosted and sponsored by Mayor Nilo Florentino Sy by winning the girls’ 18-U doubles plum in partnership with Faith Virgo as they edged Gom-os and Angel Refaja, 8-6.
“Enriquez’s hard work and determination should inspire the other youngsters and the year-long, nationwide PPS-PEPP circuit will continue to provide the stage for them,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Nilo Ledama also pulled off a three-title romp in the boys’ side of the event sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg, beating Nash Agustines, 7-5, 6-2, in the 16-U finals and crushing John Baje, 6-0, 6-1, for the 18-U diadem.
The Pagadian City ace later teamed up with Jessy Elumba to rout top seed Agustines and Lex Estillore, 8-3, in the 18-U doubles championship.
Meanwhile, the PPS-PEPP holds another three-leg Mindanao swing this time in Lanao del Norte with Tubod hosting the first stop on Sept. 14-17. Kapatagan will stage the next leg on Sept. 20-24 before action shifts to Maranding on Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Listup is ongoing. For details, call PPS-PEPP Program Development director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.
Other PPS Sindangan leg winners were Wyn Sanchez from Tubod, Lanao del Norte (10-unisex), Glenn Dadan from Dipolog City (boys’ 12-U), Agustines from Oroquieta City (boys’ 14-U), Murielle Baje from Liloy (girls’ 12-U) and local bet Rica Labrador (girls’ 14-U); Labrador and Jalia Elumba (girls’ 14-U doubles); Pete Liquit and Nicholas Tan (boys’ 14-U doubles); and Ace Bandala and Sanchez (10-unisex doubles).