Negrense nets 2 golds in Asian U14 tennis

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MANILA – Alexa Joy Milliam won two gold medals in the 13th Asian Tennis Federation 14-Under Series at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association Centre in Kuching City, Malaysia.

Milliam, a native of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, captured the girls’ singles title after stunning second seed Malaysian Lim Lim Zan Ning 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in the gold medal match Sept. 9.

In the semifinal round Milliam pulled off a 6-3, 6-3 upset over third seed Malaysian Sze Xuan Lim and defeated Cheuk Ying Shek of Hong Kong and Malaysian Anastasia Kai Xuan Wong as well.

Milliam, a Grade 8 student in Colegio de San Juan de Letran, won the girls’ doubles title with Filipino-Singaporean Tamryn Brown after beating the third-seeded Malaysian pair of Lim Lim Zan Ning and Brittany Jing Yu Michael Tiang 6-2, 6-1.

Davao City native John David Velez, meanwhile, captured the boys’ singles title over compatriot Rupert Ohrelle Tortal 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 while Tortal and Brent Cortes clinched the men’s doubles crown.

“I am happy with the overall performance of the kids. We won all events. They worked hard for this and got the reward,” Philippine delegation head coach Roland Kraut said in an online interview.

“Alexa had a tough test (in singles finals). She actually was up 6-3, 5-5 serving at 40-15, but she wasn’t able to hold and lost the set. But she had a good start in the third set and never looked back,” he added./PN

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