Red-hot Olivarez rules singles, doubles

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Red-hot Olivarez rules singles, doubles
Eric Jed Olivarez (center) holds his trophies after winning the men’s Open singles and doubles titles in the Rep. Edwin Olivarez Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center. With him are (from left) Mayor Eric Olivarez, OSC manager Edna Olivarez-Nguyen, chairwoman Eva Olivarez and Rep. Edwin Olivarez.

MANILA, Philippines — Eric Jed Olivarez reasserted his dominance over Fritz Verdad, coming away with a resounding 6-2, 6-0 victory to secure the Rep. Edwin Olivarez Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque over the weekend.

Olivarez, 25, broke Verdad twice in the opening set and turned what was anticipated to be a closely contested match into a virtual workout.

The lopsided victory came on the heels of the Western Michigan U product’s triumph in the MITF Open in Iloilo last month when he defeated Verdad, 6-3, 6-4. Olivarez also ruled the Rep. Edward Hagedorn Open in Palawan last August.

After dispatching Marco Macalintal, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarters, Olivarez foiled Eric Tangub, 6-2, 6-5, while Verdad thwarted Andre Alcantara, 7-6(1), 6-1, then ripped Vicente Anasta, 6-3, 6-0, as the duo forged another title clash.

Not only did Olivarez shine in singles play but flourished in the doubles, teaming up Nilo Ledama to hold off Anasta and Noel Damian, 6-2, 7-5, in the semis before blasting Verdad and Rolly Saga, 6-3, 6-2, in the finals of the Group A tournament presented by Dunlop.

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