Onte, Bona hog spotlight in Iloilo
(The Philippine Star) - January 15, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Alexandra Onte and Kendrick Bona fashioned out a pair of straight-set triumphs to share MVP honors in the PPS-PEPP Mayor Jerry Trenas national age-group tennis tournament at La Paz Plaza courts in Iloilo City over the weekend.

Onte repulsed top seed Aleeva Suace, 6-1, 6-0, in the girls’ 12-and-under finals before the rising local star blasted Dolores Hofileña, 6-2, 6-3, for the 14-U diadem in the Group I event presented by Dunlop.

Fellow Ilongga Althea Martirez, however, foiled her bid for a third crown, posting a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the 16-U finals before beating Abigail Aguirre, 6-0, 6-1, for the 18-U plum to likewise complete a two-title feat in the second leg of a 40-leg junior circuit put up by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Bona whipped Ian Iturriaga, 6-0, 6-2, for the 12-U crown then warded off Elemar Sealza, 6-3, 7-5, in the 14-U finals.

Two other local bets hurdled their respective final round opponents with Rafael Santiago thwarting Lourain Jallorina, 4-0, 1-4, 4-1, for the 10-unisex title and Nickel Nowlakha escaping with a 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 decision over Joshua Raymundo in the 18-U division.

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