Arcilla, Tierro advance in PCA Open

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Johnny Arcilla (left) and Patrick John Tierro. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Johnny Arcilla (left) and Patrick John Tierro. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Defending champion Johnny Arcilla and top seed Patrick John Tierro posted easy wins on Saturday to lead the march of the first-round winners in the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings at the PCA indoor courts in Paco, Manila.

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Arcilla overpowered Kyle Joseph, 6-1, 6-0, while Tierro also made a statement after an impressive 6-2, 6-4 victory over boys’ 18-under champion Joshua Cano.

Arcilla, who had to switch strategies when his initial rival Miguel dela Paz withdrew from the tournament, will face the winner in the Kyle Parpan-Alberto Villamor matchup.

“Maganda ang kundisyon ko ngayon kumpara last year. Medyo mabigat ang yung bracket ko dahil nandun sina AJ Lim at Onyok Anasta. One game at a time lang,” said the 34-year-old Arcilla, who is gunning for his ninth title.

The 29-year-old Tierro awaits the victor between Abdulqouhar Allian and Marcen Gonzales in the event supported by Dunlop, Fujidenzo/Whirlpool, Babolat, Hon. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Head, Accel, Malate Bayview Mansion, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc., Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company Inc. and Seno Hardware.

Unseeded Angelo Esguerra stunned No. 13 Calvin Canlas, 6-3, 6-2, to arrange a match against Bernardine Siso who outlasted Jarryd Manduriao, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Also barging into the winners’ circle were third pick Marc Anthony Reyes, No. 9 Ronard Joven, Arcie Mano, Arc Dolorito, Rollie Anasta and Expedito Lim Jr. in the tournament also backed by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI, GMA 7 and TV 5.

Last year’s runner-up Reyes clobbered John Jeric Accion, 6-0, 6-2 while Joven outclassed Jose Nicholas Cano, 6-1, 6-0. Mano, Dolorito, Anasta and Lim disposed of John Altiche (6-4, 6-7, 6-4), Chris Justine Prulla (4-6, 6-0, 6-1), John Angelo Cerezo (3-6, 6-2, 6-0) and Iñigo Caguiron (6-4, 7-5) respectively.

Action continues to heat up today with the first-round of the men’s doubles event.

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