ROMNEE Kyle Joseph and Jude Hidalgo hacked out victories over fancied rivals on Saturday to reach the quarterfinals of their respective divisions in the PSC-Philta National age-group tennis tournament at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Joseph, a Sports Science sophomore at UP, edged No. 7 Emmanuel Fuellas, 6-1, 2-6 (10-8), to reach clinch the first berth in the Last Eight of the premier boys’ 18-and-under section.
Hidalgo bundled out fifth seed Samuel Nuguit with a superb all-around game, fashioning out a 5-4(2), 4-1 romp in the 10-under unisex side.
The St. Paul College-Vigan player, however, will have his hands full when he guns for a spot in the semis against second seed Macie Carlos, who whipped Brent So, 4-1, 4-1.
Johan Singh, an Indian national based in Manila, stunned No. 7 Jerome Ignacio with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph to advance to the quarterfinals of the boys’ 14-under category of the event Philta ranking tournament.
Top seed Marcus del Rosario survived Jules Lazaro, 6-3, 7-5(5), to set up a quarterfinal clash with Lee Yoon-Hak, who stunned No. 8 Nolan Gagalac, 3-6, 6-0 (10-8) then routed Sherwin Villacorte, 6-1, 6-1, in the 14-under class.
Third seed Jed Labasano crushed Raphael Liangco, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 5 Jan Harold Trillanes dominated Javier de Jesus, 6-1, 6-0.
Joining Hidalgo and Carlos in the 10-under unisex quarterfinals are top seed Miguel Luis Vicencio, No. 7 Jose Tomas Bernardo, third ranked Edgardo Angara, No. 8 James Rohan Cruz, sixth seed Kryshana Brazal and fourth-ranked Marc Andrei Jarata.
Vicencio whipped Joaquin de Leon, 4-2, 4-0; Bernardo held off Michael Jimenez, 5-4(0), 4-2; Angara shut out Justine Maneja, 4-0, 4-0; Cruz thumped Hailey Agustin, 4-0, 4-0; Brazal downed Marcus Guinoo, 4-1, 4-2; and Jarata trounced Sarah Zhang, 4-1, 4-0.
Meanwhile, Rafaella Villanueva beat Nikka Alanis, 6-0, 6-1, to roll into the girls’ 18-under quarterfinals along with top seed Maria Dominique Ong and No. 3 Shaira Hope Rivera of Mindanao.
Second seed Colleen Sioson, No. 3 Frances Santiago and Andrea Amistad disposed of their respective rivals to book the first three quarters seats in the girls’ 16-U division.
Sioson and Santiago scored similar 6-0, 6-0 romps over Bianca Catoto and Mikaela Vicencio, respectively, while the unranked Amistad shocked the fourth-seeded Rivera, 6-4, 6-4, in the event sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, held under the auspices of the Philippine Tennis Association, and backed by Asiatraders Corp. and Dunlop Fort All Court Balls.