DJ Auto Parts faces RSTP for B2 crown in ALBAIK Tennis

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Updated 28 December 2012
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DJ Auto Parts faces RSTP for B2 crown in ALBAIK Tennis

DJ Auto Parts and Red Sea Tennis Players advanced to the finals after defeating separate opponents in the category B2 semi-finals games of the 4th ALBAIK Team Tennis Challenge at the Al-Bilad Hotel tennis courts.
In the Ladies division, Reem Riviera was declared champion in the HMX category when their opponent ABTC Ladies team defaulted on the deciding game of their tied best of three series due to lack of players.
DJ Auto Parts broke the game wide open in the third set as team captain Marlon Ordono with partner Ruben Alzate scored an amazing 8-3 win over a fighting DP World tandem of Bennie Oandasan and Joel Chan to give a 2-1 set score advantage and a plus 5 points cushion. First set was won by DP World as Darrell Eltagonde and Allan Bergoza closed out on tie-break against Prins Narra and Ben Consolacion while the second set was controlled by DJ Auto as Nour Panizales and Romeo Espino clawed their way from a 5-7 deficit to tie at 7-7 and win the tie-break over Choy Argarin and Ador Olivo for a tied 1-1 score after the second set. In the crucial fourth set with DJ Auto needing only four points to win, Ramil Abdua and Edwin Calara closed out the match at 4-1 against Andres and Arnel Gapate to bring DJ Auto Parts into the finals.
Red Sea Tennis Players (RSTP) on the other hand had a better time in the semi’s as they needed only to go through two sets of play against Ace Breakers Tennis Club (ABTC). First set was won by ABTC as Egay Go and Nilo Borata pounded Housam I-Basha and Ron Valdez to submission with an 8-5 score. A costly ploy by ABTC to put their default tandem in the second set made them pay dearly as RSTP’s pair of Khalid and Vic Alvaran was awarded an 8-0 victory to tie the match at 1-1 with a plus 5 points for RSTP.
In the third set RSTP’s Ronnie “Men” Santos and Wayne “Beh” Cruz made sure victory would be theirs as they controlled the game with Santos’ tricky lobs and drop shots and Cruz dishing out crisp overhead smashes much to the dismay of ABTC’s Roel Manarang and Cliff Castaneda. RSTP won the set at 8-4 to lead 2-1 sets with a nine-point score lead which was more than enough to take them to the finals. The fourth set between Edwin Potestad and August Talavera of RSTP and Gilbert Bruno with Sol Bartolome was no longer played.
Other semifinals results in category C: Uricane defeated RSTP and Flexpack beat Tropapips to set up a finals toss-up between Uricane and Flexpack. In B1 finals match-up, Alfredo’s will match its prowess against RSTP and in the Middle Mixed (MMX), Sarimanok will be pitted against RSTP. In the Lower Mixed (LMX) category, the semi-finals still has to be played as of posting time.


What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

Updated 19 April 2018
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What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

  • Al-Hilal won their 15th top-flight title this season.
  • Big summer for Saudi Arabia football with the Green Falcons at the World Cup.

Now the Saudi Professional League season is over for another year Arab News can look back at their title tilts and what the big four clubs have to do over the coming months ahead of the next season.

 



AL-HILAL

Finished: Champions

Coaching situation: Ramon Diaz was in charge for much of the season, but was fired in February after setbacks in the Champions League.
Assistant Juan Brown did Okay in the final stretch, but a top-class coach could get more out of this team.

Squad priorities: A reliable goalscorer to support Omar Khribin and with veteran defender Osama Hawsawi leaving for pastures new, a replacement center-back with leadership qualities. Welcoming back the major stars — Carlos Eduardo, Khribin, Nawaf Al-Abed and Salem Al -Dawsari — will be a major boost.

Aim next season: Win the AFC Champions League

 



AL-AHLI

Finished: Second

Coaching situation: Sergiy Rebrov is out of contract at the end of June. His future is likely to depend on how the team fares against Al-Sadd in the second round of the AFC Champions League in May.

Squad priorities: There is not much wrong. The Jeddah giants were the highest scorers in the league last season and had the second best defense. Keeping star midfielder Leonardo fit will help as will a little cover in the center of defense. Star striker Omar Al-Somah fell out with the coach in a public way in the penultimate game of the season. It may be that one of them has to go. The Syrian has been player of the year for three years and has a longer contract than Rebrov.

Aim next season: Win the league. Maintain good performances in Asia.


 
AL-NASSR

Finished: Third

Coaching situation: Krunoslav Jurcic arrived in January and the former Croatian national team boss produced an upswing in results. May just be a temporary appointment and it needs to be sorted quickly.

Squad priorities: Looks good with the Saudi Arabia national team keeper, a strong center-back pairing of Omar Hawsawi and Bruno Uvini and the full-back position seemingly sorted with the January signing of Saad Suhail. They probably need a defensive midfielder and have to keep Junior Kabananga. The DR Congo striker has shown enough in his few weeks at the club to suggest that he could be a real star next season, especially with Leonardo pulling the strings behind him.

Aim next season: A genuine title challenge and getting through the play-offs into  the 2019 AFC Champions League.

 


AL-ITTIHAD

Finished: Ninth

Coaching situation: A bottom half finish is unacceptable for a team with Al-Itithad’s stature and history. Chilean coach Jose Luis Sierra may find that winning domestic cups is no substitute for challenging for the title.

Squad priorities: There is too much reliance on players such as Carlos Villanueva, a creative spark in the team, and Fahad Al-Ansari, the midfield engine, who are the wrong side of 30. The possible return of star winger Fahad Al-Muwallad will help, but an introduction of energy is needed.

Aim next season: Top three and, if the team wins the King’s Cup, a good showing in the 2019 AFC Champions League.