Angara, Jucutan settle for runner-up finish in Malaysia tennis tourney

JUNIOR NETTERS. A group photo of the participants during the PREC 14 and Under Championships at the Kelana Jaya Tennis Complex in Selangor, Malaysia. (Photo courtesy of LenyMontealto)

MANILA – Filipinos Edgardo Manuel Angara and ExequielJucutan lost to top seeds Vishal Prakash of India and Lin En Tan of Malaysia, 0-6, 6-4 [12-14], in the boys’ doubles final of the PREC 14 and Under Championships at the Kelana Jaya Tennis Complex in Selangor, Malaysia on Sunday.

On the way to the championship round, the Filipino tandem defeated Hong Kong’s Muk Chau Jiang and Curtis Hong Tseng Tan, 6-3, 6-0, and South Koreans Woo-hyuk Chang and Tae-woo Joo, 6-2, 6-4.

Prakash and Tan, on the other hand, downed South Koreans Si-hoo Kim and Seung Min Park, 6-4, 6-1, and Filipinos Marc Andrei Jarata and AxlLajon Gonzaga, 6-3, 6-4.

In the boys’ singles category, the fifth-seeded Joo downed sixth-ranked Chang, 7-5, 6-4, in the final. Park beat his compatriot, Si-hoo Kim, 6-2, 6-3, in the battle for third place.

Tan won by default over Malaysian Quang Duong to finish fifth while Malaysian Muhammad ZhahinLelyasKamarul Zaman prevailed over Jiang, 6-3, 5-7 [11-9] for seventh place.

Meanwhile, Ji Woo Choi of South Korea pulled off a 6-1, 6-3 upset win over second seed compatriot Gio Jang to capture the girls’ singles title. Lim LimZan Ning of Malaysia outplayed Erica Hagi of Hong Kong, 7-5, 6-4, to settle for third place.

In the consolation round, Cheunk Ying Shek of Hong Kong rallied past ImanSyuhada Abdullah of Malaysia, 7-5, 5-7 [11-9] to finish fifth while Sze Xuan Lim of Malaysia placed seventh following her 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over compatriot Jo-Leen Saw.

Tiffany Claire Nocos was 10th, Marielle Alexi Jarata was 13th while Nina Angeline Alcala was 18th.

In the girls’ doubles final, second seeds Hagi and Gio Jang clobbered third seeds Shihomi Li Xuan Leong and Sze Xuan Lim of Malaysia, 6-1, 6-3. (PNA)