Alcantara, Sarmiento win ITF doubles title in Calabasas

Published November 2, 2021, 2:01 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Raymond Sarmiento, left, and Francis Casey Alcantara (From Alcantara’s FB page)

Francis Casey Alcantara and Fil-American Raymond Sarmiento blasted Estonia’s Johannes Seeman and United States’ Wally Thayne, 6-4, 6-2, to capture the M25 Calabasas ITF World Tennis Tour title recently in Calabasas, California.

Alcantara and Sarmiento, who entered the $25,000 tournament unseeded, displayed on court chemistry after dropping only one set throughout the competition.

It was their first pro title as partners, 11 years after winning their first title together in a Grade 1 tournament in Manila.

They first made their title campaign felt with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Americans Austin Ansari and Joshua Sheehy, and then followed it up with a 7-5, 6-1 triumph against Keenan Mayo and Reese Stalder also from the US.

They pulled off the tournament’s biggest upset by stunning top-seeded Americans Felix Corwin and Strong Kirchheimer, 6-4, 2-6, 10-7, before trouncing Seeman and Thayne for the title.

Alcantara and Sarmiento also saw action in the singles, but lost their respective first-round matches.

Alcantara yielded to Isaiah Strode, 6-4, 6-1, while Sarmiento succumbed to Connor Farren, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (4).

 
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