Defending champion Johnny Arcilla and top seed Patrick John Tierro scored contrasting victories in the semifinals to advance to the men’s singles finals of the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings on Friday at the PCA indoor courts in Paco, Manila.
The 34-year-old Arcilla needed less than an hour to oust Rolando Ruel Jr., 6-2, 6-0, while Tierro posted a hard-earned 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over last year’s runner-up Marc Anthony Reyes.
“I think he’s [Ruel] tired, he’s been through a number of three-setters in the early rounds. I just took advantage of it,” said Arcilla, who is gunning for title No. 9 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.
The 34-year-old Arcilla had been a dominant force right off the start but he still remained wary of Tierro, who had four runner-up finishes.
The Arcilla-Tierro finals is slated on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, three-time champion Marian Jade Capadocia will be meeting sixth seed Marinel Rudas in the ladies’ singles semifinals while No. 4 Maika Tanpoco battles fifth pick Hannah Espinosa in the other semifinal game.
“More on power kasi ang laro niya kaya sa tingin ko sasabayan ko lang kung anong magiging galaw niya sa court. Every year kasi nag-iimprove yung mga players kaya kailangan tumaas rin yung laro ko,” said the 19-year-old Capadocia.
A whopping P600,000 cash prize is up for grabs with P100,000 going to the men’s singles champion and P50,000 for the ladies’ singles titlist in the tournament 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.