Pantino falls short in Thailand circuit-A A +A
Sunday, September 29, 2013
CEBU's Arthur Craig Pantino succumbed to Nutthasith Kunsuwan, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, in the finals of the LTAT U14 Thailand Circuit series at the Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand the other day.
Despite losing in the title round, Pantino still considers it a huge accomplishment as he needed to overcome strong players before advancing to the final round.
Pantino of the University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department (USC-BED) South Campus earned a slot to the second round via bye but then routed Wanchaichana Phasitwasan, 6-2, 6-1, in his first assignment.
He then beat Saranpahon Siriwanichkul, 6-4,6-7(5), 7-5 in the quarterfinals, before beating Palaphoom Kovapukted, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals.
According to Pantino’s father Jun, his son was playing against a very strong opponent
with a powerful and steady shot.
“Despite the loss, we are still happy about it because it is his first time to reach the finals in an ATF tournament. We are very proud of him,” said Jun.
He may have lost in this tournament but Pantino has a chance to redeem himself in the second leg of the tennis circuit, which starts today.
“We hope maabot napud siya sa finals and win,” said Jun.
Jun added that after the tournament, Pantino will return to the country for a short while but will return in the third and fourth series of the tournament on Oct. 21 to Nov. 3.
The tournament is sanctioned by the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF).
The ATF website states that the event is designed to support the development of tennis in the Asian countries and give young players a chance to make their own ranking system in Asia for the 14-Under players.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.