Bambi Zoleta and Akiko De Guzman have been the perfect partnership, captured PCA Open Women’s Doubles Championship November 18,2017.
Zoleta and De Guzman won the ladies’ doubles title in the 36th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open yesterday at the PCA indoor shell-clay courts in Paco, Manila, beating Khryzelle Sampaton and Rachelle De Guzman 7-6 (4), 6-1 in a match for their first teammate local slam title this year title.
Zoleta(25) said, It’s my first title since winning the ladies’ singles crown nine years ago. Medyo hindi maganda yung chemistry namin sa early rounds buti na lang nag-click talaga kami sa very important match (finals) namin,”, who now works as a receptionist at Shangri-La Bonifacio Global City.
Her partnership with De Guzman came by accident. De Guzman said she wanted to concentrate on the singles but after Zoleta’s partner backed out for personal reasons, one thing led to another.
“Gusto ko lang sana talagang mag-concentrate sa singles then someone approached me to play with her (Zoleta) and I grabbed it. I’m happy playing with her and winning this title,” said De Guzman, who was a member of the College of Saint Benilde team that won the NCAA championships in 2015 and 2016. She is now a member of the De La Salle University squad.
Zoleta and De Guzman earned P20,000 for champion, while Sampaton and the other De Guzman won P10,000 for runner-up in the tournament supported by The Philippine Star, Asiatraders Dunlop, Stronghold Insurance, Whirlpool/Fujidenzo, Head, United Auctioneers, Pearl Garden Hotel, Babolat, Tyrecorp Inc., PVL Restaurant, Greenfield Marketers One, Mary Grace Foods Inc., Coca-Cola Philippines-FEMSA, Kraut Art Glass, Manuel Misa and Atty. Antonio Cablitas.
Semis was intense, made audience thrilled, Zoleta and De Guzmany cross past against their respective foes Jenni Dizon and Jed Aquino, 6-3, 6-4.
Meanwhile, Sampaton and De Guzman beat top seeds Marian Jade Capadocia and Jella Capadocia, 1-6, 6-1, 10-6, in a match tiebreaker semifinals.