ROXANNE Resma and John Maverick Victoria captured the centerpiece 18-and-under crowns with contrasting victories yesterday in the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Tennis Association Age-Group Tennis Championships at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
The top seeded Resma stamped her class over Ma. Dominique Ong, dropping just one game en route to an emphatic 6-0, 6-1 victory in the girls’ final while the unseeded Victoria outsteadied No. 4 Betto Orendain in a tight first-set duel and held on to hack out a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory in the boys’ side of the event sponsored by the PSC and Philta with Dunlop Fort as the official ball.
Miko Eala reaffirmed his status his claim as the best among the youngsters as he captured the boys’ 12-and-under title with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gabriel Tiamson. He earlier shut out Juan Miguel Jugo, 6-0, 6-0, to pocket the 10-unisex diadem.
It was a memorable campaign for Victoria, who also had to scrape past Andre Rodriguez, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, earlier to get a crack at the premier crown in the week-long tournament which also offered ranking points. Resma and Victoria went on to gain 200 points each.
Khim Iglupas, who lost to Resma in the semifinals of the 18-and-under, got back at her tormentor, carving out a 6-4, 6-4 victory to annex the girls’ 16-and-under plum.