RIYADH, March 6 Much to the expectations, the top seed Helen
Simolde of King Faisal Specialist hospital and research center (KFSH) came out big winner
in Flight-A singles recently in the third LITT tennis tournament with straight sets
victory over the second seed Binky De Leon at the King Fahad National Guard hospital
(KFNGH) court before a huge and appreciative crowd.
The new queen showed her superb form
while the opponent displayed flashes of brilliance in the match that was filled with
numerous winning shots from both. Despite the victory by 6-1, 6-4 margin, many of the
games were decided after prolonged deuces. After the final showdown, both the players
embraced each other to the loud cheers of the jam-packed Friday crowd.
A day earlier, Simolde and L. Skepper, the KFSH pair, dominated against G. Ege and K.
Malayas, winning in the end by 6-0, 6-4 to emerge the Flight-A doubles champions. The
victors began on a fast note and did not give away any point in the first set. Their
opponents visibly bothered by the strong wind, made a run at the second but could not
overcome the accurate returns.
The Flight-B singles champion was the top seed J. Alimpuangon of KFNGH. She played
patiently at the baseline returning crisply the shot coming from the second seed M.
Tuquiero of the Security Forces hospital (SFH). The latter ventured to the next quite a
few times to try to gain some advantage but was not successful and lost 3-6, 3-6. The
doubles title here went to B. Custombrado and M. Quilang without a fight when B. Vasquez
and A. Misola defaulted. The reason being that Misola had to fly out of the Kingdom, said
M. Lector of the organizing committee.
B. Flores, an unseeded player from KKUH defeated F. Basilio of SFH 6-2, 6-4 to win the top
prize. Mostly relying on the baseline tactics, she overcame the rivals ability to
move around the court faster with accurate passing shots. The SFH pair, M. Sarmiento and
Basilio, displayed fine teamwork and clinched the top doubles award of this category by
defeating the gallant and talented KFSH pair, J. Estero and J. Barbaton 6-1, 6-3.
In the last of the Flight-C2
category, Genevieve Chu of RKH-GICU sprang a pleasant surprise with a fine run to the
championship, ending the hopes of the top seed M. Carido from KFSH. Displaying good
fundamental skills, the former won 6-4, 6-1 to walk away with the top singles award.
However, the final doubles encounter was the longest witnessed so far.
After two hours and thirty minutes, J. Espejon and M. Celera finally overcame J. Bunda and
Chu in an extended tussle 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The new champions foray into the net and their
consistency at the baseline made all the difference.
While the top seeds maintained their dominance in the top flights, some new faces like
Flores in C1 and Chu in C2 also emerged.
At the awarding that followed, trophies and valuable prizes were given away to the
winners. This event was sponsored by Power Horse Energy drink, Sarawat Superstore, Samba
Speedcash, Anseri Cargo Services, Fila Sodas Sports, Coca Cola, Fortune Care Insurance and
The organizers aired words of thanks and gave recognition to the sponsors. In return, they
praised the organizing, technical committees, participants and the fans for the great
success of the tournament.