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.
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.