Martin, Eala rule Andrada netfest
(The Philippine Star) - January 8, 2016 - 9:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Jake Martin and Alexandra Eala sustained their sharp forms till the end, pulling off similar shocking triumphs late Thursday to dominate the boys and girls 16-under divisions of the 27th Andrada Cup age-group tennis championships at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

Aljon Talatayod also capped an impressive run to the boys 14-U title, beating Juan Carlo Lapore, 6-0, 6-2, in the final match.

Martin, a 10th grader from Xavier School who won seven titles in his age group last year, turned back top seed Manuel Balce, 6-2, 6-4, for the top plum in the meet sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Tennis Association.

Ten-year-old Eala also shared the spotlight with a stunning 6-1, 6-1 triumph over top seed Rafaella Villanueva for the girls 16-U diadem.

The left-handed Eala, who possesses strong forehand and double-handed backhand, scored her second title in a row after winning the 14-U division last month in the PSC-Philta nationals.

The 15-year-old Martin, who started at age of seven after dabbling in baseball and golf, endured a late second set charge from Ateneo stalwart Balce, fighting back with powerful forehands to finish him off and claim the title.

It was a big start of the year for the former Illam (International Little League Association of Manila) catcher as he inched closer to a slot in the national team

 

 

ALJON TALATAYOD ANDRADA CUP EALA INTERNATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE ASSOCIATION OF MANILA JAKE MARTIN AND ALEXANDRA EALA JUAN CARLO LAPORE MANUEL BALCE PHILIPPINE SPORTS COMMISSION AND THE PHILIPPINE TENNIS ASSOCIATION RAFAELLA VILLANUEVA RIZAL MEMORIAL TENNIS CENTER XAVIER SCHOOL
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