DEFENDING champion Johnny Arcilla and brother Joseph scored straight-set wins on Monday to set up a third-round duel in the Olivarez Cup Open Tennis Championship in Parañaque City.
The top-seeded Arcilla blanked qualifier Chat Conta, 6-0, 6-0, while Joseph trounced Arcie Mano, 6-1, 6-1.
Top junior Alberto Lim defeated Eric Jed Olivarez, 6-3, 6-2, and will next face Vicente Anasta, who had a walkover against Alberto Villamor.
Third seed Patrick Tierro also posted a one-sided 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Jacob Lagman; No. 4 Marc Reyes beat Arc Dolorito, 6-1, 6-1; fifth seed Jason Patrombon bundled out Calvin Canlas, 6-3, 6-3; No. 6 Rolando Ruel Jr. defeated Fritz Verdad, 6-4, 6-3; seventh ranked Ronard Joven downed Antonio Sagaysay III, 6-3, 6-2; and No. 10 Alex Lazaro whipped Jigo Pena, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 8 Leander Lazaro and ninth seed Mark Anthony Alcoseba, meanwhile, overcame a slow start to advance. Lazaro edged Stefan Suarez, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, while Alcoseba nipped Romel Openiano, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Action in the ladies' singles heats up Wednesday with top seed Clarice Patrimonio battling Ma. Angela Sunga and No. 2 Edilyn Balanga taking on Joanna Tan for berths in the quarterfinal round of the event sanctioned by Philta and backed by Dunlop as official ball.
Other matches pit No. 4 Alyssa Labay against Jenelyn Magpayo, fifth-ranked Hannah Grace Espinosa vs. Katrina Orteza, No. 6 Maika Tanpoco against Akiki de Guzman, seventh seed Macy Gonzales vs. Jella Jade Capadocia, and No. 8 Jzash Canja against Christine Patrimonio.
Maia Balce teamed up with Aileen Rogan to beat Princess Cabrera and Penpen Loreto, 6-1, 6-0, while the top-seeded Patrimonio sisters scored a walkover win over Liza Alafriz and Noriko Yamada to lead the quarterfinal cast in ladies doubles of the tournament held in honor of Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and presented by Palawan Pawnshop.