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Cocoy seizes 2 PPS titles, MVP trophy

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Jufe Ann Cocoy survived a pair of semifinal scares then dominated her rivals in the finals to sweep two singles crowns and the MVP trophy in the PPS-PEPP Bacolod regional age-group tennis tournament at the Centercourt and Panaad Tennis Courts recently.

The second-seed Cocoy wore down Faith Banico, 4-6, 6-1, 10-4, in the Final Four then toppled Nicole Villar, 6-3, 6-2, to clinch the girls’ 14-and-under title. As an unranked player in the 16-U play, the rising La Carlota star shocked top seed Kiana De Asis, 7-5, 2-6, 10-6, in the semis then ripped Villar again, 6-2, 6-3, to emerge the lone “double” winner in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala and presented by Dunlop.

Third seed Fernando Po turned back sibling Alekzander Po, 5-7, 6-1, 10-4, to pocket the 16-U plum and the MVP honors in the boys’ side of the event backed by Asiatraders Corp. and sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.

Cocoy actually made it a three-title feat as she teamed up with Jasmin Jaran to beat Ma. Petrina Aguirre and Banico, 8-5, for the 14-U doubles title.

“Week after week new faces emerge and this is what the PPS-PEPP circuit is all about – produce as many talents who could be tapped, developed and trained to become future members of national pool and teams,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

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