Favorites bag titles

By Iste S. Leopoldo
Sunday, April 15, 2012

FRITZ Satera and Sally Mae Siso routed their opponents to bag the 18-under boys’ and girls’ titles of the 5th Mandaue City Mayor’s Cup finals yesterday.

Siso showed no mercy against former Palarong Pambansa teammate Hannah Mae Espinosa, giving up only one game in a 10-1 win.

Espinosa, who is now a member of the National University team, admits that her exposure in Manila is not enough to get an edge against Siso.

“I just hope someday, even once, I can defeat her,” Espinosa said.

On the other hand, the 16-year-old Satera was just as dominant, toppling Marc Norman Enriquez, 10-2 to avenge his loss in their Visayas leg Milo Junior Tennis Championship Cup finals match early this month.

“Enriquez is good and can tolerate the intense heat of the sun but I took advantage of his unforced errors,” Satera said. “I also noticed that every time I give him a strong return, he would have a hard time.”


After bagging the title, Satera will try his luck in the qualifying round of the Cebuana Lhuillier Men’s Open at the Baseline Recreation Center tennis courts today.

“Last year, I didn’t make it. I just hope that my training and exposure since that time would be enough for the qualifying round in the men’s open,” Satera said.

But it will be a tall order for Satera as other seasoned players are joining the qualifiers. Among those who signed up are Bernardine Nino Siso, Daniel Pintor, Francis Largo, Christian Tiongko, Ralph Juliane, Junjun Tabura, Edwin Bacarisas, Dan Cinco and Franklin Encarnacion.

Also yesterday, Francis Gener Lambayan took his third title in the 12-under boys against Mark Suson, 10-8, while Jermaine Laurel won against Zudey Carl Balundo, 10-4, in the 14-under boys finals.

University of the Visayas’s John Michael Necessario showed an impressive performance in yesterday’s 16-under final match against Ralph Juliane, 10-6.

Zethley Mae “Anday” Alferez took the 12-under girls title against Kara Salimbangon, 10-3, while Argao’s Crissiane Issa Kintanar routed Elgy Dasian, 10-3, to secure the 16-under girls title.

Allysa Mae Bornia took the crown in the 14-under girls against Patricia Hillary Tapsadan, 10-4.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 16, 2012.


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