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Mercado bags 2 titles in PCA Open Juniors

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PCA OPEN CHLOE Mercado displays her tennis prowess to rule the girls’ 16-and-under singles event of the 40th PCA Open at the PCA courts in Manila.

Chloe Mercado showcased her promising tennis prowess by securing the girls’ 16-and-under singles crown in the 40th Philippine Columbian Association Open at PCA courts in Plaza Dilao, Paco recently.

Mercado, 15, demonstrated an outstanding all-around game, defeating Sandra Bautista with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory in the finals to clinch the top honors in her age-bracket in the annual championship that drew the participation of the country’s leading and rising junior players.

The Angat, Bulacan pride, who refined her skills through regular appearances in the Palawan Pawnshop Pera Padala national junior circuit, concluded her remarkable showing in the top-ranking event by teaming up with Juliana Carvajal to pocket the 18-and-under doubles championship. They overpowered the Princess Tana-Czarina Miraflor pair, 8-1.

Expressing gratitude for the Palawan Pawnshop tournaments, Mercado acknowledged the significant role they played in her development, saying: “We are truly thankful for the Palawan Pawnshop tournaments, they have been a big help in pushing me up,” Mercado said.

“You will really have to work hard to win because there are so many good players participating from different places.”

On her way to the singles finals, Mercado downed Elysse Abellera, 6-1, 6-0, then repulsed Tana, 7-5, 6-2, while Bautista, also a regular PPS-PEPP junior campaigner, crushed Briele Muyot, 6-0, 6-0, and overpowered Jade Revoltar, 6-0, 6-1.

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