Martin, Santos bag Palawan net crowns  

MANILA, Philippines – Jacob Martin added the Puerto Princesa crown to his growing list of trophy collection as he overpowered Maxine Ong, 6-0, 6-0, for the boys’ 16-and-under plum while local ace Alexie Santos bagged two titles in the girls’ side of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis tournament at the Puerto Princesa Tennis Club in Palawan last Sunday.


Martin, who has dominated his age group in other top junior circuits, dropped just three games in annexing his latest victory with the Xavier School standout whipping Rewel Justiniani, 6-0, 6-0, after an opening game bye, then easing out Rafael Liango, 1-0, (ret.), in the quarters and trouncing Franky Buanhug, 6-3, 6-0, in the semis of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by the leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center.


“I’m hitting it solid and playing with a lot of confidence. There’s a lot of tournaments ahead so I have to stay in shape by training regularly,” said the 14-year-old Martin, who’ll see action next in the First Gen junior tilt, a Group I tournament.


The hosts, led by Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro, also treated the more than 200 participants to a day-tour of the Underground River and Honda Bay.


Santos stamped her class over Kryshana Hitosis, 6-0, 6-2, to claim the 18-U title and upended top seed Tracy Llamas, 6-0, 6-1, to snare the 16-U plum in the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Paraaaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.


La Carlota’s Kiana de Asis also stunned Llamas, 6-0, 6-4, to snatch the 14-U crown NCR’s Macie Carlos took the girls’ U-12 title with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Franzyn Billiones and Agoo, La Union’s Marc Andrei Jarata clobbered Alexa Milliam, 6-0, 6-1, to pocket the 10-unisex diadem.


Top seed Luke Flores from Iloilo also played true to form and ruled the boys’ 18-U side with a 6-2, 6-3 romp over Nathan Songco third seed Vhenz Alforque held off No. 4 Raven Hitosis, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, to capture the 14-U title while Hitosis rebounded from a loss to Alforque with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Sebastian Santos to clinch the 12-U plum.


Meanwhile, action in the year-long, nationwide circuit resumes in Kidapawan City tomorrow with another banner field expected to see action.


Details: Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director, at 0915-4046464.