Mica Ella Emana hacked out a pair of victories in contrasting fashions while sister Kaye Ann pulled off a shock win in the premier side as they grabbed the spotlight in the PPS-PEPP Manila Southwoods age-group tennis tournament in Carmona, Cavite recently.
The second seeded Mica Ella took the girls’ 14-and-under singles crown with a 6-3, 6-1 rout of giant-killer Chelsea Roque then out-steadied Kaye Ann to complete a come-from-behind 4-6, 7-5, 10-7, triumph in the 16-U finals of the Group 1 tournament presented by Dunlop.
But the unranked Kaye Ann bounced back strong in 18-U play, upending No. 3 Julia Ignacio, 5-3, 4-2, then trouncing second seed Gaby Zoleta, 6-3, 6-3, before crushing No. 1 Francesca Cruz, 6-1, 6-0, in the finals to complete the big day for the Quezon City siblings at the Manila Southwood Golf and Country Club tennis courts.
Kriz Roque Lim, meanwhile, picked up another win in 10-unisex division the hard way, turning back Gavin Kraut, 4-1, 2-4, 10-6. Though the Urdaneta bet failed to add the boys’ 12-U crown with a 1-6, 1-6 setback to brother John Prince Lim, he still shared the MVP honors with Mica Ella in the tournament that featured a number of three-setters.