BACOLOD CITY – Teenager Alexie Santos displayed unlimited potential is carting away two trophies at the 2015-2016 Peugeot Philippine Tennis Open Bacolod City leg held last weekend at the Center Court Tennis Club. Santos, who hails from Puerto Princesa City, dominated the Women’s Singles and later on teamed up with her mother Melinda to add the Women’s Doubles to the family haul.
The younger Santos easily blanked of Rosalie Clelo in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-0, to earn PHP 20,000.00, a trophy and gift items from Wilson. In the doubles, Team Santos held off the tough challenge of Margie Escher and Annabelle Zaragoza also in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-4, for PHP 11,000.00 more.
More importantly, mother and daughter also qualified for the National Finals to be held in Metro Manila this coming February 15 to 21, 2016. Only 15 years of age, Alexie admitted she was nervous because it was the first time she played with her mother but she soon settled down.
Over at the Men’s Division, sixth-ranked Filipino player and Davis Cup veteran Elbert Anasta stamped his class over John Altiche to bring home the title, 6-3 and 6-1. The Men’s Doubles went to the pair of Janjie Soquino of Cebu and Amiel Aya-ay of Leyte, victorious over local bets McLean Barraquias and Karl Mark Gayo, 6-2 and 6-0.
The PPTO continues its search for fresh talents like Alexie Santos with the holding of the next qualifiers in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija that will conclude on December 6. The said competition was reset due to the recent typhoon that devastated the area.
After Cabanatuan, the games take a break for the holidays and will resume next year with the holding of qualifiers in Cebu City (January 11 to 18) and Metro Manila (February 1 to 7). To join these tournaments, visit your nearest Peugeot dealership or log on to www.peugeottennis.ph.
Aside from the expected cash prizes, trophies and gifts from sponsors, the National Champions will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to watch the 2016 French Open. The Nationals are expected to be a tight contest with the participation of top-ranked Filipino professional players.