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Enriquez humbles rivals, nails 2 net titles

Sydney Enriquez came out of a month-long break in style, winning two titles to share MVP honors with local bet Nash Agustines in the PPS-PEPP Oroquieta national age-group tennis tournament in Misamis Occidental recently.

The Salug, Zamboanga del Norte ace scored a 6-3, 6-1 victory over doubles partner Judy Ann Padilla in 16-U play at the Oroquieta Lawn Tennis Association courts before winning the premier division with a 6-1, 6-2 romp over Alessandra Quimbo to clinch the crown in the Group 2 tournament presented by Dunlop. She and Padilla later bagged the 18-U doubles plum in the country’s biggest, long-running talent-search sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg, crushing Carmel Padilla and Angel Repaja, 8-2.

Enriquez, 16, dominated her age bracket and the 18-and-under category in the Gen. Santos City, Kidapawan, Ozamiz and Tangub, Misamis Occidental legs of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala circuit.

Agustines matched that three-title feat, overpowering Theo Montano, 6-0, 6-2, for the boys’ 14-U diadem then rallied to stun top seed Eric Tangub, 0-6, 6-4, 10-8, to snare the 16-U crown. He also teamed up with Mikael Jamal to rout Mark Palanas and Nicholas Tan, 8-3, for the doubles 14-U title.

Pete Bandala, meanwhile, kept his win run going, adding the 10-unisex trophy to his earlier victories in Liloy and Sindangan legs, among others. The rising Dipolog City star repeated over doubles partner Rose Mesiona, 4-1, 5-3, before the duo clipped Zap Galleposo and Ferdinand Gica, 8-1, to pocket the doubles title.