Bohol invasion

By Iste S. Leopoldo
Saturday, May 5, 2012

ONE of Cebu’s most promising junior tennis players, Kristin Renee “Kara” Salimbangon, will shot for her third Girls 12-Under title in the Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Tennis Tournament in Ubay, Bohol on May 7 to 11.

Salimbangon, 11, who played in her first tournament only last January and made the finals of the Dunlop Sport Junior Tennis Championships 2012-Visayas Series tournament, said from disliking tennis, she has grown to love the sport.

“I didn’t like it at first, because every time I watched my dad (Ken Salimbangon) play, I found it very tiring, especially when you have to wake up early to train,” said Kristin, who made the finals against Zethley Mae Alferez in the Dunlop tournament. “But, when I started playing, I realized it was not bad at all and it’s the sport that I want to excel in.”

Salimbangon, a consistent honor student at St. Benedict Childhood Education Center, met Alferez again in the 5th Mandaue Tennis Age Group but lost anew. However, that didn’t discourage her but instead motivated her to train some more.

And to her surprise, she managed to capture her first title away from home during the Henry Lee Memorial Age Group Tennis Championship and then the Smart Head in Bacolod City. She was also a semifinalist in the Girls 14 and 16-under.

“I will just play my game in Bohol, hoping to secure my third title in the 12 under girls,” said Salimbangon, who will be turning 12 years old this June.
She also hopes to make the top 10 in the 12-Under rankings.

“I know I started late with my age group but I will try,” Salimbangon said.

Aside from Salimbangon, other Cebuanos who will be invading Bohol are top female top netter Sally Mae Siso, Hanna Grace Espinosa, Edelweiss Donaire, Nathalie Alipe, Jed Villarin, Jarryd Laurel, Marc Enriquez, Clyde Bienes, Jana Pages and Kara’s brother, Zacky Salimbangon.


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