Eight-time champion Johnny Arcilla targets another Philippine Columbian Association title after arranging a finals showdown with fellow Davis Cup veteran Patrick John Tierro in the 35th PCA Open-Cebuana Lhuillier men’s tennis tournament.
Arcilla banked on his vast experience to turn back Elbert Anasta 6-4, 6-2 while Tierro went through some rough patches before overcoming Filipino-Italian Marc Reyes 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday at the PCA indoor shell-clay court in Paco, Manila.
They play in the finals at 2 p.m. today, with Arcilla looking to add to his trophy case that holds the PCA crowns from 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Despite being the more decorated player, Arcilla is not expecting an easy match against the 2014 PCA champion Tierro.
By making the finals, Arcilla and Tierro assured themselves of spots in the main draw of the PCA Open-Cebuana Lhuillier Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) Tour from September 1 to 4 at the same venue.
“We continue to support sports events like the PCA Open year after year as Cebuana Lhuillier Sports is committed to empower Filipino athletes. Projects like this provide a platform that allows us to discover and gauge the potential of our tennis players while giving them the motivation to deliver their best performance,” said Cebuana Lhuillier CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier.
In the men’s doubles, Arcilla and Ronard Joven will slug it out with Anasta and Marc Anthony Alcoseba after their victories in the semifinals of the tournament supported by Philippine Star, Dunlop, Whirlpool-Fujidenzo, Chris Sports, Mary Grace, Aseana City, PVL Restaurant, Maverick, Compass, Babolat, Just Jewels, Rexona, Palm Rock, Coca Cola Femsa Philippines, Pearl Garden Hotel, Pearl Lane Hotel, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, L&M, Broadway Motors, Stronghold Insurance and Monte.
Arcilla and Joven hammered Kim Saraza and Joseph Arcilla, 6-2, 6-0, while Anasta and Alcoseba just edged past Tierro and Jed Olivarez Jr., 7-5, 6-3.
The doubles champion will also earn a ticket to the main draw of the ATF tournament.
The men’s singles champion will receive P50,000, while the runner-up will get P25,000. Doubles winners and runners-up will pocket P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.
“I’m particularly excited for this year’s edition as it features top players from our Asian neighbor countries. This will give our players the opportunity to gain world-ranking points and be exposed to top-notch competition,” Lhuillier said.