TOP seed Clarice Patrimonio and No. 2 Edilyn Balanga fashioned out a pair of lopsided victories over Maika Tanpoco and Christine Patrimonio, respectively, to reach the semifinal round of the fourth Olivarez Cup Open Tennis Championship presented by Palawan Pawnshop at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat.
Clarice, out to reclaim the crown she captured in 2011, showed too much class against Tanpoco and came away with a 6-1, 6-1 to arrange a Final Four duel with a surging Maia Balce.
Winner of last week’s 16-and-under crown in the Olivarez Cup age-group tilt, the 15-year-old Balce booted out another seeded entry in No. 7 Macy Gonzales, 6-3, 6-3. The St. Paul Pasig student early stunned No. 3 Aileen Rogan in the opener of the event held in honor of Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and presented by Palawan Pawnshop.
Balanga, on the other hand, dropped just four games to oust Christine Patrimonio with a 6-2, 6-2 win for a semis duel with giant-killer Katrina Orteza, who eased out fourth seed Alyssa Labay, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Orteza also bundled out No. 5 Hannah Espinosa.
The Patrimonio sisters, on the other hand, trounced Tracy Bautista and Rina Caniza, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the semis of the ladies doubles against Shanie Olivarez and Krizelle Sampaton, who stunned third seed Jella Capadocia and Patricia Paez, 6-2, 6-2.
Balce and Rogan smothered Ana Bienes and Goldie Nagret, 6-2, 6-3, and will dispute the other finals berth against Balanga and Labay, who clipped Jzash Canja and Espinosa, 6-1, 6-2.
Alberto Lim, meanwhile, continued his giant-killing spree, beating No, 6 Rolando Ruel, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the semis of the men’s singles against third seed Patrick Tierro, who saw off Roel Capangpangan, 6-4, 6-2.
Lim, 14, earlier surprised second seed and former champion Vicente Anasta, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, with the Letran bet and NCAA singles champion expected to have his hands full against Tierro.
Top seed Johnny Arcilla, however, is all set to defend his crown as he powered past Alex Lazaro, 6-3, 6-2, to seal an explosive matchup with fourth seed Marc Reyes, who held off Jason Patrombon, 7-5, 6-2.