CEBU CITY – Veteran Johnny Arcilla got the better of young star Francis Casey Alcantara in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 7-5 and 6-4, to capture the Men’s Singles of the Cebu Leg of the 2015-2016 Peugeot Philippine Tennis Open at the Cebu Country Club last January 14 (Tuesday). It was arguably the best match so far in the multi-city tournament as Arcilla and Alcantara are the second and third ranked netters in the country.
Both players coasted through the brackets to set up the dream showdown. In the end, the 35-year old Arcilla took home the top prize of PHP 20,000.00, gift items from Wilson and a free trip to the National Finals set for March 14 to 20, 2016 in Metro Manila.
In the Women’s Singles, top seed Hannah Grace Espinosa bucked cramps to smash Iligan City’s Maricel Mirabueno, 6-3 and 6-4. Espinosa, who is originally from Cebu but moved to Manila for her studies at National University, took home the same prizes as Arcilla.
Alcantara did not go home empty handed as he combined with Marc Norman Enriquez in the Men’s Doubles to thwart Arcilla and teammate Jan Godfrey “Noy” Seno of the University of San Carlos, 6-3, 1-6 and 11-9. It was the same case in the distaff side as losing Singles finalist Mirabueno and partner Floreza Alesna of Bohol emerged victorious in straight sets over the University of Santo Tomas tandem of Ingrid Gonzales and Kendies Thea Malinis, 6-1 and 6-1.
The final qualifying leg will be held on February 1 to 7, 2016 at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City. Interested Filipino players aged 13 years and above may now register at www.peugeottennis.ph or visit the nearest Peugeot dealership on or before January 25, 2016.
Aside from the expected prizes in cash and kind, the winners of the National Finals will be treated to an all-expense paid trip to watch the 2016 French Open. Peugeot has been a partner of the prestigious tournament since 1984.