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MANILA, Philippines – Khim Iglupas put on another solid game to put away Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-3, and capture the ladies Open singles crown of the Olivarez Cup Tennis Championship for the third straight time at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque late Saturday.
The Iligan City-based ace outplayed Patrimonio with her superb baseline game, breaking her second-seeded rival once in each set while holding serve all throughout to fashion out the victory and complete a first-ever three-peat feat in the annual event presented by Palawan Pawnshop – Palawan Express Pera Padala and backed by Milestone Guaranty and Assurance Corp. and Slazenger as official ball.
Johnny Arcilla, on the other hand, held off doubles partner Patrick John Tierro, 7-6(4), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, to nail the men’s singles crown, his third in the last four staging of the event put up by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez along with Rep. Eric Olivarez and Dr. Pablo Olivarez as part of the family’s long-time commitment to boost the development of the sport.
Arcilla, who eased out No. 3 Elbert Anasta, 6-3, 6-2, in the semis, struck back strong from a third set defeat, winning the first five games in the fourth, including the second where he broke Tierro in a love-game. He sustained his charge and swept the third, dropped just one point to take the fourth then racked up four straight points to go 5-0.