The Cuas lead the assault on the locals during the PPS Kidapawan netfest

MANILA, Philippines — Andre Cua toppled last week’s champion Jose Palo in the quarterfinals, then won the boys 16-and-under crown and sealed a family deal as Dhea Cua retained the girls’ titles 14 and 16 year olds in the PPS-PEPP President’s Cup National Age Group Tennis Tournament in Cotabato last Monday.

Unseeded Andre Cua survived a three-way tie against Jason Flores in the first round, passed Celso Jimenez, 4-2, 4-1, then exhausted Palo via a 4-1, 4-5(2), 10-7 decision in the last 8. The local bet then routed Randy Pausanos, 6-3, -6-0, in the semi-finals, then capped his upset in the Group 2 tournament with a 6-win 1, 6-2 over Marco Montecillo in Kidapawan Courts.

Dhea Cua, on the other hand, reaffirmed his mastery of the 14-U field, dispatching Jannah Mamac for the second straight week, 6-0, 6-1. She then stunned No. 2 Chelsea Bernaldez, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, to trap the 16-U tiara and tie her two titles at Kabacan last week in Mindanao’s longest-seeking swing of talent in the country. set up by Palawan Pawnshop President/CEO Bobby Castro.

The Cuas thus shared the honors of MVP and led the domination of the locals on the circuit, which resumes today (Wednesday) in Pigcawayan, also in Cotabato. For more details, contact event organizer Bobby Mangunay on 0915-4046464.

Divine Collado of Libungan, Cotabato and Bernaldez won the women’s 12 and 18 titles to break the antics of the Kidapawanos in the four-day tournament presented by Dunlop. Collado outlasted Jhuane Flores, 6-4, 1-6, 10-8, while Bernaldez made up for his setback in the 16-U game with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Saschena Francisco.

The boys’ other winners were Carl Eduarte, who beat Matthew Abella, 6-1, 6-1, for the 12-U crown; Jose Palo, who crushed Inigo Barrios, 6-3, 6-0, for the 14-U title; and Joaquim Palo, who hit Kristoger Espinoza, 6-1, 6-2, for the 18-U trophy.

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