NEXT to Francis Casey Alcantara is distaff sensation Roxanne Mae “Dimple” Resma as the country’s most promising young netter today. And they both come from the City of Golden Friendship.

The bemedalled Resma, a third-year high school student of Corpus Christi who will turn 16 on May 29, cemented her place as the leading female act in Philippine tennis when she lorded it over in two major events held in Manila recently.

Fresh from her double-whammy finish in the PSC tourney last December, Resma created a stir anew taking by storm the 24th Andrada Cup National Age-Group tennis championships at Rizal Memorial Tennis Court in Manila.

Resma easily demolished No. 5 Khim Iglupas, 6-4, 6-2, to win the 16-under title and then returned a couple of hours later to repulse the challenge of Isabella Orteza, 7-5, 6-3 to complete a golden double feat by claiming the centerpiece 18-under crown.

“Lipay kayo ‘mi sa iyang mommy pag text ni Dimple nga nag-double champion na sab siya. Dili pud basta-basta iyang sakripisyo sa Manila kay from Christmas to New Year naka-focus lang siya sa tournament,” Roxanne’s father Dr. Benjie Resma told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

The elder Resma said their daughter will next compete in Middle East and in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior circuit.

“Tiyaga lang gyod unya kugi sa practice. Mao gyod na iyang puhonan,” said the proud father of the Corpus Christi ace, who is dreaming to follow in the footsteps of her more illustrious compatriot Alcantara.

The only Filipino campaigner who made a name in the prestigious Wimbledon, Alcantara is now studying in the US through sports’ scholarship grant. (LLS)