Alcantara, Singh advance in Shenzhen

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Filipino Francis Alcantara and Indian Karunuday Singh reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 Shenzhen Futian ITF Men’s Tournament being held at the Shenzhen Tennis Center in Shenzhen, China.

The fourth-seeded Filipino-Indian pair posted an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Chinese wild cards Zhao Tai Li and Wang Aoxiong.

Alcantara and Singh arranged a meeting with Chinese He Yecong and Thai Wishaya Trongcharoengchaikul, who defeated Chinese duo Wang Aoran and Wang Chuhan, 6-4, 6-3.

Alcantara has so far won five doubles titles this year – in Egypt Men’s Futures in Sharm El Sheikh and Bahrain Ministry of Interior ITF Futures in Manama in March, Singapore ITF Futures 1 and Singapore ITF Futures 2 in May, and Singapore ITF Futures 3 and Hong Kong ITF Futures 1 in June.


Meanwhile, promising netters Matthew Garcia and Michael Francis Eala barged into the second round of the 2017 AGS Junior Tennis Championship being held at the Sultan Tennis Courts Jin Gatot Subroto in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 15-year-old Garcia overpowered qualifier Kareem Abdul Hakim of Indonesia in the opening round while Eala secured an opening-round bye by virtue of his 10th seeding in the Grade Four tournament.

Garcia will be facing 13th pick Odeda Muhammad Arazza of Indonesia, who also earned a first-round bye while Eala tackles Athallah Firdianto of Indonesia, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over compatriot Azmi Januarsyah.

The eighth-seeded Garcia and Eala also got an automatic spot in the second round of the doubles play.

They will play the winner between Indonesian pairs Rasendriya Rafi and Rafli Feby Putra Tri Prasetyo, and Januarsyah and Brandon Suryana.

Before going to Indonesia, Eala competed in the Northern Marianas Junior Championship held in Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands.

He reach the quarterfinals in singles and semifinals in doubles with Manuel Balce III.

For his part, Garcia participated in the Chuck E Guam ITF Junior Championships in Hagatna Guam but lost his games both in singles and doubles (with partner Benjamin Jacob Martin).

EMIL C. NOGUERA

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