Gomera, Padilla bag crowns

Mcleen Gomera and Judy Ann Padilla crushed their respective rivals to split the 16-and-under titles to lead a mix of winners in the PPS-PEPP national juniors tennis championships in Consolacion, Cebu over the weekend.

The top-seeded Gomera warded off No. 6 Ariel Cabaral, 6-4, 6-3, in the semis and stopped unranked Juvels Velos, 6-2, 6-2, to add the Consolacion leg to his growing 16-U trophy collection in the Group 2 tournament.

Padilla, on the other hand, ripped Shara Paliwag, 6-0, 6-3, in the final to make up for her three-set setback to absentee Kimi Brodeth in last week’s Naga leg of the circuit.

Meanwhile, action shifts to Mindanao starting Thursday with the men’s Open in Tagum, Davao del Norte featuring the country’s leading players and rising stars.

John David Velez of Ormoc City and Lapu-Lapu City’s Tiffany Nocos dominated the 18-U play, trouncing Gomera, 6-0, 6-0, and foiling Padilla, 6-4, 6-2, respectively.

Paliwag and Velos bagged the 14-U crowns while Chrystell Laguna and David Sepulveda won the 12-U trophies.

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