TOP seed Marinel Rudas recovered from a sluggish start to beat Khim Iglupas 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Friday to set up a semifinal rematch with Marian Capadocia in the third Cainta-Palawan Pawnshop Open Tennis Championships at Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Rizal.
Capadocia, who beat Rudas in the semis en route to the title in the Olivarez Cup recently, stopped giant-killer Edilyn Balanga, 6-4, 6-4.
Second seed Clarice Patrimonio eased into the semifinals when Macy Gonzales retired with the score at 2-1, setting up a showdown with sixth ranked Roxanne Resma, who upset No. 4 Alyssa Labay, 6-2, 6-2.
In men’s play, Fil-Italian Marc Reyes upended No. 4 Rolando Ruel Jr. to move into the semifinals against Johnny Arcilla, a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Leander Lazaro.
Vicente Anasta beat Mark Anthony Alcoseba, 6-3, 6-3, to arrange a semifinal duel with third seed Patrick Tierro, who advanced when Antonio Sagansay retired with the score at 4-6, 6-1, 4-0.