Chloe Mercado showcased her promising tennis prowess by securing the girls’ 16-and-under singles crown in the 40th PCA (Philippine Columbian Association) Open at PCA courts in Plaza Dilao, Paco, recently.
The 15-year-old Mercado 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: “Malaking pasasalamat talaga namin sa mga Palawan Pawnshop tournaments, napakalaking tulong para mahatak ako pataas
She added: “Talagang paghihirapan mo para manalo dahil sa sobrang daming sumasaling mga magagaling na players na galing sa iba’t ibang lugar.”
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.
In doubles play, Mercado and Carvajal smothered Therese Morales and Mavis Tuazon, 8-0, while Tana and Miraflor likewise eased past Revoltar and Zaina Omar via the same scoreline.