Barraquias, McKenzie share PPS honors

    MACLEAN Barraquias wore down top seed Roel Capangpangan in a duel of power and baseline game, hacking out 6-4, 5-7, 10-6 decision to claim the men’s singles Open crown in the PPS-PEPP Buglasan Tennis Festival at the Praxevilla Tennis Courts in Dumaguete City last Sunday.

    Seeded No. 2, Barraquias later teamed up with sibling Keane to score a repeat over Capangpangan and Carmelo Cabaral 8-6 and bag the doubles diadem to sweep the centerpiece division of the Group I tournament that served as part of Negros Oriental’s “Festivals of Festivals.”

    Sharing top honors were Legends division winners Mories Mesiona and Gundel Orcullo, Randy Tatoy and Vardy Vincoy, and Rudy Cabatit and Tony Alviola, while young Khymbery McKenzie and Randy Tatoy II dominated the juniors division of the event put up by Gov. Roel Degamo in tie-up with Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala headed by president-CEO Bobby Castro.

    Mesiona and Orcullo routed John Lundqvist and Rameses Tolin 8-3 in the 40s finals; Tatoy and Vincoy trounced Angel Mahinay and Tolin 8-4 for the 50s title; and Cabatit and Alviola crushed Glem Grapa and Chabby Saberon 8-4 to pocket the 60s plum in the event presented by Dunlop and backed by MCF Global.

    McKenzie stunned top seed Ellaine Bahonsua 4-1, 0-4, 10-5 in the semis then held off sibling Ashley 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the girls’ 18-under crown while Tatoy II thumped top seed Lorenz Celis 6-3, 6-1 in the boys’ 18-under finals.

    Khymberly actually completed a rare “treble” as she ruled the 14 and 16-under classes over Faith Banico 7-6(4), 4-2 and Ashley 6-3, 6-4, respectively, while Tatoy II completed a double by blasting Philip Mesiona 6-0, 6-0 in the 16-under finals.