CAGAYAN de Oro’s Mary Aubrey Calma has truly come of age, threatening to be the region’s new princess in lawn tennis competition.
The vast-improved Calma, who reigned in the 6th Oro Juniors last August at the Nazareth Lawen Tennis Club in Cagayan de Oro, made another sensational finish.
This time, in the Marawi City leg of the 2016 Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Tennis Tournament held on November 4 to 8 at the San Miguel Tennis Club, otherwise known as Nano Badelles Tennis Club.
In another double-whammy feat, Calma’s exploit in the singles events was made at the expense of fellow Corpus Christi students Janelle Carmela Llavore and Gennifer Lysandra Pagente who used to dominate the distaff side of the local age-group tourney.
Calma drubbed Pagente, 6-1, 6-3 to pocket the 16-under girls crown, then played with same intensity to crush Llavore, 6-0, 6-2 in the 18-under girls final.
“It’s now a departure from Aubrey’s mediocre self in the past. And it all started when she seriously trained individually with Cocoy Yap,” said Marlon “Pinggoy” Castro, the resident conditioning coach of the Philippine Tennis Academy-Cagayan de Oro Satellite headed by Carmela’s father, Jonelle Llavore.
“Aubrey’s rise to the top is very timely as we commemorate the 10th year anniversary of Cebuana Lhuillier Age Group Tennis in the Philippines with our theme “A decade of producing tennis champions,” said event organizer in ITF-licensed referee Mario Inquito Craiz, speaking on behalf of Philippine Tennis Association chair, Jean Henri Lhuillier, and the whole technical team of the Dunlop Sport-backed netfest.
Complete results of the Group 2 Marawi City leg that attracted 151 participants are the following:
10 & Under Unisex
Champion: Miguel Iglupas (Iligan City)41 54
Runner-up: Kurt Gervan Bandolis (Tubod, Lanao del Norte)
12 & Under Girls
Champion: Rica Labrador (Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte)64 64
Runner-up: Casey Padilla (Cagayan de Oro)
12 & Under Boys
Champion: Brent Signmond Cortes (Tubod, Lanao del Norte)64 75
Runner-up: Nash Agustines (Oroquieta City)
14 & Under Girls
Champion: Sydney Ezra Enriquez (Salug, Zamboanga del Norte)36 62 13-11
Runner-up: Rovie Baulete (Iligan City)
14 & Under Boys
Champion: Nilo Ledama (Pagadian City)60 62
Runner-up: Stephen Zion Guia (Dipolog City)
16 & Under Girls
Champion: Aubrey Calma (Cagayan de Oro)61 63
Runner-up: Gennifer Lysandra Pagente (Cagayan de Oro)
16 & Under Boys
Champion: Marc Nicole Suson (Cebu City)64 57 10-8
Runner-up: Jose Maria Pague (Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay)
18 & Under Girls
Champion: Aubrey Calma (Cagayan de Oro)60 62
Runner-up: Janelle Llavore (Cagayan de Oro)
18 & Under Boys
Champion: Jose Maria Pague (Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay)61 61
Runner-up: Jonelle Christian Llavore (Cagayan de Oro)
10 & Under Unisex Doubles
Champion: Kurt Gervan Bandolis / Al Rashid Lucman42 53
Runner-up: Christian Dave Sardual / Nino Tristan Alfeche
14 & Under Boys Doubles
Champion: Uzziel Pepito / Brent Cortes 10-8
Runner-up: Mark Tanquion / Aaron Geromo
18 & Under Girls Doubles
Champion: Nicole Gatchalian / Anname Mendoza10-8
Runner-up: Rovie Baulete / Joanna Erinne Gulle
18 & Under Boys Doubles
Champion: Allen Gerry Manlangit / Vince Geo Serino10-3
Runner-up: Marc Suson / Kenichiro Suzuki