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Sonsona, Padilla eye title repeat

Cassey Padilla and Steven Sonsona try to bring their winning act to Zamboanga del Norte as they banner the field in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Dipolog leg regional age group tennis tournament which fires off at the RGS Tennis Club today.

Padilla swept the girls’ 12- and 14-and-under titles in last week’s PPS-PEPP leg in Oroquieta with the rising Cagayan de Oro star bracing for another fierce duel with top seed Guia Bandolis, Lianne Lanipa and Chalea Paculba, among others.

Sonsona also seeks to make back-to-back in the boys’ 16-U as he gears for a showdown with No. 1 Stephen Guia, Nilo Ledama and Bienne Villanueva.

The Tubod, Lanao ace also eyes a payback against Ledama in the 18-U side where Guia together with Al-Fhadz Matarul are also tipped to contend in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro and presented by Slazenger.

Close to 200 entries are vying for top honors and ranking points in the five-day tournament backed by the Unified Tennis Group, led by PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.

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