PH fencer Maxine Esteban bags silver in Uzbekistan meet

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(CNN Philippines, September 27) — Filipino fencer Maxine Esteban nabbed silver in the women's individual foil event of the FIE Senior Satellite World Cup held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan over the weekend.

Since she's the top seeded entering the competion, Esteban earned a bye and went straight to the quarterfinals. The 20-year-old Ateneo sensation defeated hometown bets Komila Mirzaeva and Umida Ilyosova to book a ticket to the finals. She faced Italy's Marta Cammilletti and lost in the gold medal match.

The runner-up finish will boost Esteban's world ranking.

Esteban, the UAAP Season 81 Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, said she's glad to be back in action following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. She added that this recent stint will only fuel her to improve her craft and be a better athlete.

"This is the first international competition I had in two years, because of the pandemic. I am happy that I am able to fence in the international scene again. I am happy with the results but Iosing in the final round also really motivated me to train harder. I know I have a long way to go," she told CNN Philippines.

The next few months will be tight for Esteban as she's planning to compete in a number of competitions around Europe.

"There are many competitions lined up for me. I will see action in the next FIE Senior Satellite World Cup which will be in Copenghagen, Denmark on Oct 10. Then, if the Italian and French federation allows, I will participate in the Italian and French national championships scheduled on October 31 to November 1 and November 27-28. respectively. Then, I will proceed to the Senior World Cup in St Maur, France on December 12, 2021," she said.