THE powerhouse duo of Christine and Clarice Patrimonio kept their impressive run Wednesday as they surged into the quarterfinals of the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier Wildcard Event at the PCA Open clay courts in Paco, Manila.
Pulling away from her sister’s shadow, seventh seed Christine came out with guns blazing against Lenelyn Milo, 6-0, 6-1, while top seed Clarice routed Crizabelle Paulino, 6-0, 6-2, in the event supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, The Philippine Star, Head, Babolat, Compass/IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
“Medyo sanay na rin ako sa court dahil nag-training din kami dito bago mag-start yung tournament. Madulas lang ng kaunti dahil medyo numipis yung court. Pero manageable naman. So far, maganda ang results ko,” said Christine, a former Most Valuable Player in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).
Christine will duel second seed Marinel Rudas, who scored a6-0, 6-0 shutout of Reisha Nillasca, 6-0, 6-0. Clarice will also have her hands full as she squares off with No. 8 Rafaella Villanueva, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Kryshana Hitosis.
“She’s [Rudas] a tough opponent. Ilang beses na rin kaming nagkaharap kaya laban lang. Focus lang sa game,” said the 23-year-old Christine.
Also breezing into the quarterfinals of the tournament supported 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 were third seed Edilyn Balanga, No. 4 Maia Balce, No. 5 Sjaira Hope Rivera, and No. 6 Hannah Espinosa.
Balanga defeated Sally Mae Siso, 6-1, 6-1, Balce blanked Krizzele Sampaton, 6-0, 6-0, Rivera overpowered Frances Santiago, 6-2, 6-4, and Espinosa blasted Miles Vitaliano, 6-0, 6-0.
In men’s singles play, defending champion Patrick John Tierro showed no signs of slowing down as he demolished Noel Damian Jr., 6-1, 6-0. The 30-year-old veteran ace will be pitted against the winner between Stefan Suarez and Marc Anthony Alcoseba in the quarterfinals.
“Today is a good day. I’m just playing one game at a time. May kasamang pressure kahit papaano dahil iba yung at stake ngayon so mataas ang expectations sa amin,” said Tierro, who is eyeing back-to-back titles.
Eight-time champion Johnny Arcilla, out to reclaim his title, carved out a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Arthur Craig Pantino. He next faces Ronard Joven, a 6-2 6-0 winner over Fritz Verdad.
The finalists in the men’s singles will earn automatic berths in the main draw of the upcoming 2015 Manila International Tennis Federation (ITF) Men’s Futures Leg 2 slated on October 12, while the players who make it into the quarterfinals and semifinals will gain access to the qualifying round.
Only the winners in the doubles division will be given spots in the ITF 16-pair main draw.
A total of P172,000 is up for grabs this year with the men’s single champ taking the top purse of P50,000, while the runner-up gets P25,000. The ladies singles titlist and runner-up will take home P20,000 and P10,000, respectively