Cordero completes double triumph in Hilado netfest
by: Kristel Satumbaga (Manila Bulletin Online)
Kyle Cordero overcame a slow start and outlasted Rolee Joven, 7-6 (4), 7-5, yesterday to clinch the boys’ 18 years and under title in the Luis Hilado Memorial Age Group Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
The second-seeded Cordero, ranked 10th in the RP 18-under division, overcame a 3-1 deficit in the first set against the unseeded Joven for his second crown in the event supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and Dunlop.
The 14-year-old Colegio de San Agustin student ruled the boys’ 16-under via a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over fourth seed Kim Polero last Saturday.
Cordero, a gold medalist in the 2007 Palarong Pambansa in Koronadal, drew a first-round bye before downing Marco Del Rosario, 6-0, 6-4, Marco Suntay, 6-2, 6-3 and No. 4 Juan Miguel Regis, 6-2, 6-1, to reach the final.
Cordero’s next stop is Baguio City on April 30.
In other action, second seed Brysl Libao lost the first set before shocking top pick Eric Olivarez, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, for the unisex-10 crown.
Libao had earlier beaten Ariel Frencillo, 6-2, 6-0, Mimo Tomacruz, 6-2, 6-3 and fourth pick Albert Lim Jr., 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Girls’ 18-under top seed Trudy Amoranto lived up to her lofty billing and disposed of unseeded Ma. Junelsa Galinato, 6-1, 6-1, for the title.
Amoranto breezed through Laurice Francisco, 6-0, 6-3 and Francine Turo, 6-0, 6-0, before surviving past third seed Jasmine Tan Ho, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals.
In the boys’ 12-under crown, top-seeded Argil Lance Cañizares bested Mark Escares, 6-4, 6-4.
On the way to the final, Cañizares drew a bye in the first round and hacked out victories against Joshua Cano (5-7, 6-3, 6-3), Ernesto Gatdula, (6-3, 7-6) and No. 3 Joachim Samson via default in the semifinals.
Second pick Angelo Joseph Rivero, on the other hand, ruled the boys’ 14-under division via a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Hans Asistio.
Rivero earned an opening-round bye and beat Bruce Ivan Valenzuela, 6-1, 6-1, Andrew Joshua Cano, 6-0, 6-1, and Jaco Exconde, 6-1, 6-0. He won by default over Rafael Squillantini in the semifinals.
Age-group champions received trophies and 120 ranking points, while runners-up and semifinalists got 100 and 80 points, respectively.