TOP seed Eric Jed Olivarez and No. 2 Marcen Angelo Gonzales scored quick wins on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of the boys’ 16-and-under division in the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group tennis tournament in Cainta, Rizal.
Olivarez and Gonzales earlier advanced to the Under-18 quarterfinals.
Olivarez smothered Mar Raphael Teng, 6-1, 6-0, to set a quarterfinal duel with No. 7 Vincent Alanis, who also scored a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Jose Buenaventura.
Gonzales downed Gabriel Tiamson, 6-0, 6-2, to arrange a showdown with No. 6 Emmanuel Fuellas, who won by default over Paolo So.
Also moving into the quarters were No. 3 Jerome Romualdez, who booted out Karl Tenorio, 6-1, 6-0; fourth seed Cenon Gonzales Jr., who repulsed Paul Gulfo, 6-3, 7-5; No. 5 Julian Dayrit, who overpowered Tomas Puno, 6-1, 6-2; and Elijah Arevalo, who defeated Manuel Balce III, 6-4, 6-1.
Maia Balce, meanwhile, clobbered Erika Manduriao, 6-3, 6-2, to seal a semifinal clash with Chloe Mae Saraza in the girls’ 16-under division of the event serving as the eighth leg of this year’s circuit put up by Palawan Pawnshop headed by Bobby Castro.
Saraza, who shocked No. 3 Ma. Dominique Ong on Sunday, added Frances Santiago to her growing list of victims by pulling off a thrilling 5-7, 7-6 (5), 10-4 victory.
Second seed Andrea Nicole Amistad got past Johanna Capinpin, 6-0, 6-0, for a semis duel with Isabella Orteza, who also blanked Camille So, 6-0, 6-0.
Saraza also moved into the semifinals of the girls’ 14-under category, beating Mae Perez, 6-0, 6-0, while Martina Bautista scored a 6-1, 6-2 romp over Monica Mallari.
Mikaela Vicencio outclassed Maxine Martin, 6-2, 6-0, to reach the finals of the girls’ 12-under division.
Diego Dayrit beat Daniel Estanislao III, 6-2, 6-1, while Jan Harold Trillanes whipped Adam Sujica, 6-0, 6-1, to reach the 10-under unisex category semifinals.
The other semifinalists in the tournament also backed by Babolat were Miguel Luis Vicencio, who held off Juan Carlo Lapore, 6-3, 6-7, 10-8, and April Mineth Bentillo, who downed Alfred Doloroso, 6-0, 6-2.