Jeson Patrombon, Diego Dalisay off to roaring starts in ITF Men’s Futures 2
Filipino-Spaniard Diego Dalisay joins Jeson Patrombon in the second round of the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier ITF Men’s Futures 2.

FILIPINO-Spaniard Diego Dalisay and Jeson Patrombon roared to a strong start as they advanced into the second round of the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier ITF Men’s Futures 2 at the PCA clay courts in Paco, Manila.

The 16-year-old Dalisay outclassed fellow local bet Rolando Ruel, 6-1, 6-4, while Patrombon hammered out a 6-3, 6-3 victory overJapanese rival Shu Saito.

“Maganda ang kundisyon ko ngayon kaya confident ako sa loob ng court. Kabisado ko rin kasi ang laro niya [Saito] kaya alam ko kung saan dadalhin ‘yung bola,” said the 22-year-old Patrombon, who is aiming to eclipse his second-round finish in the Manila ITF Men’s Futures 1.

The Iligan-born Patrombon will face Kunal Anand in the second round after the India native shocked seventh seed Hiromasa Oku of Japan, 6-1, 6-4, in the tournament supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, The Philippine Star, Head, Babolat, Compass/IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Dalisay, whose mother is from San Nicolas, Batangas, also has a daunting task ahead as he squares off with fourth pick Arata Onozawa of Japan, who annihilated local top-seed Patrick John Tierro, 6-0, 6-2.

Spain’s top pick Enrique Lopez-Perez and Australia’s second seed Harry Bourchier also sailed through the next round via contrasting wins in the event sponsored by Whilpool/Fujidenzo, Broadway Motor Sales Corp. Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines, Tyrecorp Incorporated, Pearl Garden Hotel, Metro Global Holdings Corporation, Avida, PVL Restaurant, Mary Grace Foods, Inc., Seno Hardware, and Wire Rope Corporation.

Lopez-Perez barely broke a sweat against Chinese-Taipei’s Lee Kuan-Yi, 6-2, 6-0. Bourchier, on the other hand, turned back resilient Japanese foe Masato Shiga, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

 Eight-time PCA Open champion Johnny Arcilla, Australian Open juniors doubles titlist Francis Casey Alcantara, Elbert Anasta, and Bryan Otico will take to the courts Wednesday in the qualifying round.

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 Arcilla will battle Chen Tin of Chinese-Taipei, Alcantara shows his wares against Ren Nakamura of Japan, while Anasta and Otico will rely on their home court advantage against their Japanese opponents, No. 6 Makoto Ochi and Soichiro Moritani, respectively.

 A total of $15,000 is up for grabs in the meet, with the champ getting $2,160 while the runner-up takes home $1,272.

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