DABAWENYOS Mark Anthony Alcoseba and Danna Abad, who were paired with different players, arranged an all-Mindanao mixed doubles finals showdown after overcoming their opponents on Day 3 of the 3rd James Gamao Invitational Tennis Tournament at the Panabo City courts Friday, April 26.
Alcoseba and current women’s No. 2 Khim Iglupas of Iligan City, based on Unified Tennis of the Philippines ranking as of April 23, survived past John Bryan Otico and women’s No. 4 Anna Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 0-6, 11-9, in their semifinals clash.
Otico-Clarice earlier whipped men’s No. 8 Leander Lazaro and Allyssa Bornia, 6-4, 6-2.
Alcoseba-Iglupas also edged the pair of John Jeric Accion of Davao City and No. 3 Marian Jade Capadocia, 7-6, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the netfest organized by For The Love Of Tennis (Flot) Group and co-presented by Merco and Selecta.
Meanwhile, Abad combined forces with men’s No. 2 Johnny Arcilla of Butuan City in eclipsing the duo of men’s No. 7 Fritz Verdad and women’s No. 8 Anna Christine Patrimonio, 6-3, 0-6, 11-9, via super tiebreak of their semifinals.
This came on the heels of Arcilla-Abad escaping past men’s No. 9 Noel Damian, Jr. and women’s No. 5 Shaira Hope Rivera of Monkayo, Compostela Valley, 1-6, 7-6 (5), 10-7 in the quarterfinals.
Verdad and Christine outlasted John Marie Altiche and Aubrey Calma, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 in their quarterfinals encounter.
Men’s and women’s singles matches were still ongoing as of Friday. The championship games are set today. A total cash prize of P200,000 is at stake.