kiko_alcantaraFrancis Casey “Nino” Alcantara from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines will play for championship in the Junior Boys’ Doubles – Finals on Saturday Jan 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM, Melbourne time.

 Alcantara and his doubles partner, Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Taipei, reached the finals after outlasting the Austrian duo of  Maximilian Neuchrist & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn with 7-6(4) 6-4 in the Semifinals match .

 Nino Alcantara also played in the Junior Boys’ Singles but dropped his first round match to his Swedish opponent Daniel Berta (6-3, 6-4)

 Since teaming with Cheng, the pair notched 3 straight wins againts various opponents, starting with the pair of Toni Androic (CRO) & Sudarwa Sitaram (IND) on a 6-3, 6-4 steamroll. Next were John Morrissey (IRL) & James Chaudry (GBR) with 6-0, 6-3 victory. 

 In the Quarterfinals match, Alcantara & Cheng launched a blitzkrieg against the German pair of Kevin Krawietz & Dominik Schulz, 6-4, 7(7)-6(5)

 Alcantara and Cheng are both seeded seventh in this season of the Australian Open.

Nino was accompanied by his mom, Sarah, in this tournament.

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UPDATE: Sat Jan 31, 2009

The pair  of Francis Casey Alcantara and Cheng-Peng Hsieh of Taipei continued their awesome winning streak in the 2009 Australian Open’s Junior Boys’ Doubles by overwhelming the pair of  Mikhal Biryukov (RUS) and Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) in 6-4, 6-2 victory in the championship round.

Alcantara, nicknamed “Nino” (Ninyo), is ranked 29th on the ITF Juniors Ranking. Cheng is 30th.

This is Alacantara’s 4th Doubles championship and his first win with Cheng as partner.

This is the second time, actually, that Alcantara and Cheng were partners in Doubles. Their first partnership ended in a quarterfinal loss in the ITF/LTAT Junior Championships in Thailand last March 2008.

The Doubles win should be an advance birthday present for Nino on February 4th.

CONGRATULATIONS, Nino…

Australian Open Juinor Boys' Doubles Champions -ALcantara and Hsieh. Photo from australianopen.com

  Reference:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/index.html

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/bestx.asp?player=100088479

http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/activity.asp?player=100088479

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day18/7501ms.html

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