UNRANKED Kyle Parpan scored a shock 6-4, 6-3 victory over second seed Betto Orendain to barge into the semifinal round of the boys’ 18-and-under class on Thursday in the First Gen-Juntaphil Metro Age Group Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Parpan set up a duel with Bryan Otico, who also booted out No. 4 Marcen Gonzales, 6-1, 6-4, in the Last 16 before beating No. 7 Vernon Huibonhua, 6-3, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.
Top seed Jed Olivarez survived Vincent Alanis, 7-5, 4-6 (10-4), to seal a semis clash with No. 3 Argil Canizares, who beat Leroy Bering, 7-5, 6-1.
In the 18-under girls’ division, Roxanne Resma romped off with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Denise Jimenez to arrange a semis showdown with Jana Hernandez, who subdued No. 4 Isabella Mendoza, 2-6, 6-3 (10-8).
Khim Iglupas trounced Nicole Paez, 6-3, 6-2, and will next take on Nicole Amistad, who turned back Jana Pages, 4-6, 6-4 (10-8).
Resma stayed on course for a double victory, booking a semifinal spot in the Under-16 division with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Bettina Bautista. She will next face Pages, who outplayed Jimenez, 6-3, 6-0, in the sixth staging of the annual event presented by First Gen and organized by Junior Tennis Association of the Philippines.
Frances Santiago shocked Iglupas, 6-1, 6-2, to clinch the other semis berth, setting up a clash with No. 4 Ma. Dominique Ong, who defeated Sophia Yap, 6-1, 6-1, in the tournament sponsored by Smart Communications, Technifibre Balls, Accel, RCBC and Pet One.