NANJING – Second seed Jurence Mendoza of the Philippines breezed past Hong Kit-wong of Hong Kong on Wednesday, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the semifinals of boys’ tennis in the 2nd Asian Youth Games.
The 17-year-old Mendoza got off to a slow start against his unseeded rival and dropped the first game of the opening set. But he quickly recovered to take the first set with relative ease.
Mendoza, No. 89 in the world youth rankings, got off to a 2-0 start in the second set, dropped the next two and swept his opponent away with his steady baseline game.
There is no battle for the bronze medal in tennis, and Mendoza’s victory over his younger and less experienced opponent assured the Philippines of another medal.
The Philippines won the gold and silver in girls’ golf the other day courtesy of Mia Legaspi and Princess Superal. The competition here runs until Saturday.
In the semis, Mendoza will face either Roman Khassanov of Kazakhstan, ranked 473 in the world and unseeded here, or Garvit Batra of the International Olympic Athletes.
Another win will give him a shot at the gold on Friday.
Batra, No. 244 in the world and also unseeded here, is from India, but since his country is under suspension by the IOC, he and his countrymen here compete under the AOI flag.
“I briefly lost focus in the match. But when I broke him in the (third game of the) first set it got my confidence going,” said Mendoza, a freshman at UP Diliman.
“We’re in the semis now. I want to win the gold medal here,” said Mendoza who played before Pinoy officials led by chef de mission Tac Padilla and deputy Jonne Go.
The 3-on-3 basketball team of Isaac Go, Patrick Ramirez Andrei Caracut was playing Iran as of post time. The winner advances to the semifinals.
Fil-American twins Kayla and Kyla Richardson fell short in their bid for a medal in the girls’ 100m dash on Tuesday night at the Nanjing Olympic Stadium.
Kayla, who topped her heat at 12.21 seconds, finished fifth in the finals at 12.30 while Kyla, third in her heat at 12.28, came in sixth at 12.38.
China’s Ge Manqui was the fastest girl of the meet, winning the gold in 11.91 seconds. Silver went to Thailand’s Charoensuk Sintaksib (12.19) and bronze to another Chinese, Song Min, at 12.26.
The father of the twins, Jeff Richardson, said if this meet was held earlier in May or June, Kayla and Kyla could have done better because they were at their peak then,” he said.
The Richardsons will still see action Thursday night in the 200m run.
In other track events Tuesday, long jumper Mary Anthony Diesto and pole vaulter Emily Obiena improved on their personal bests but still landed way of the marks here.
Diesto was seventh in a field of 11 in Group B with a jump of 5.24 meters, while Obiena cleared 3.10m and broke her old Philippine youth record of 3.00m.
In swimming, Catherin Bondad was third in heat 2 of the girls’ 200m back in 2:30.31, Chloe Daos was fifth in heat 1 of the girls’ 100m butterfly in 1:06.57, while Jeremy Lim was also fifth in heat 3 of boys’ 100m butterfly in 58.10.
Shooter Enrique Gazmin was way off in the boys’ 10m air pistol, posting 528 points for 31st place. Also in action as of post time was taekwondo’s Francis Agojo in the boys’ 53 kg.