Former Australian Open juniors doubles champion Francis Casey Alcantara cruised to the third round of the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier Wildcard Event being held at the PCA Open clay courts in Paco, Manila.
Alcantara posted an easy 8-2 win over Carlo Nono to arrange a third-round meeting with Joel Atienza, who scored an 8-0 victory over Santino Vista.
“I’m still adjusting since clay court is my worst surface. But I’m doing well and I’m taking it one game at a time,” said Alcantara, who recently ruled the 2015 Olivarez Cup.
Junior netter Alberto Lim Jr. also made his presence felt by blanking Rodolfo Barquin, 8-0, in the tournament supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, The Philippine Star, Head, Babolat, Compass/IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
Lim will be facing Jimmy Tangalin, an 8-3 winner over Al Michael Madrio.
Also reaching the third round were eight-time champion Johnny Arcilla, third seed Elbert Anasta, No. 6 Marc Anthony Alcoseba and No. 8 Ronard Joven, who posted different results in the event also supported by Whirlpool/Fujidenzo, Broadway Motor Sales Corp. Coca-Cola Fesma Philippines, Tyrecorp Incorporated, Pearl Garden Hotel, Metro Global Holdings Corporation, Avida, PVL Restaurant, Mary Grace Foods, Inc., Seno Hardware and Wire Rope Corporation.
Arcilla won via walkover over Chris Prulla while Anasta nipped Jomari Guira (8-2), Alcoseba toppled Harry Caron (8-4) and Joven defeated Jose Nicholas Cano (8-3).
The other second-round winners were Roel Capangpangan over Marraphael Teng, 8-3; Dheo Tala¬tayod over Arjohn Dela Cruz, 8-5; Argil Canizares over Jhun Alcoseba, 8-5; Fritz Verdad over Joaquin Paras, 8-1; Kyle Parpan over Renoso Valderama, 8-2; and Lean¬der Lazaro over Alester Magalit, 8-0.
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 2, 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 main 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.