Pantino bombs out

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013


CEBU’s Arthur Craig “Iggy” Pantino bowed to Saranpahon Siriwanichkul of Thailand, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals of the ATF Dong Feng LTAT Under 14 Thailand Circuit, putting an end to his bid in Thailand.

Pantino, 12, of the University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department (USC-BED) South Campus, said that while he was ready for that match, the Thai opponent was just stronger than he was and was in top condition when they played in the semifinals.

Despite the loss, Pantino was able to improve his Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) ranking to No. 2 and to No. 3 in the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) ranking.

This is Pantino’s fourth Thailand circuit stint. According to his father, Jun, Pantino needs to develop his confidence in playing against foreign players.

“He still lacks patience and determination but we are very happy with what he has achieved in this circuit,” said Jun.

Pantino claimed two titles in the LTAT U14 Thailand Circuit Series last October.

In this leg, Pantino advanced to the second round via bye and beat Siam Lucas Poulsen, 6-2,6-1, in the second round. He then routed Koki Matsuda of Japan, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, before succumbing to Siriwanichul in the semis.

Jun added that it will be the last tournament for Pantino for this year and he will start his 2014 by joining the Andrada Cup in January, which is a Philta Group 1 tournament.

The tournament is designed to support the development of the sport of tennis in the Asian countries and to give the players a chance to earn points with their own ranking system in the 14-Under category in Asia.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 12, 2013.

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