• Alcantara, Arcilla reach PCA Open fourth round

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    Francis Casey Alcantara  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Francis Casey Alcantara
    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Former Australian Open juniors doubles champion Francis Casey Alcantara and eight-time titlist Johnny Arcilla posted easy wins on Sunday to reach the fourth round of the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier Wildcard Event at the PCA Open clay courts in Paco, Manila.

    Arcilla outclassed Abson John Alejandre, 6-1, 6-0, while Alcantara overpowered Joel Atienza, 6-4, 6-2, in the tournament supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, The Philippine Star, Head, Babolat, Compass/IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

    The 35-year-old Arcilla will face Arthur Craig Pantino in the fourth round. Pantino halted Kyle Parpan’s aggressive start, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0, to move forward in the event supported by Whilpool/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.

    Also barging into the next round were defending champion Patrick John Tierro, fifth seed Rolando Ruel Jr. and Ronard Joven who registered contrasting victories.

    Tierro bolstered his title-retention bid after walloping Neil Tangali, 6-1, 6-1. Ruel, on the other hand, fought back from a disappointing first set to turn back Leandro Lazaro, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, while Joven routed Raymond Diaz, 6-1, 6-2.

    In other results, Noel Damian Jr. stunned No. 15 Arcie Mano with nail-biting 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-2 victory, while Stefan Suarez won via walkover against ninth seed Marc Reyes, who decided to withdraw from the competition because of an injury.

    Both 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.

    Men’s doubles action kicks off today while ladies’ singles play begins tomorrow (Tuesday).

    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.

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