• Bautista barges into Olivarez Cup juniors finals

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    Bettina Bautista pulled off a shock straight-set romp over top seed Tracy Llamas in the quarterfinals then scored a walkover win over Blance Lagrisola to advance to the finals of the girls’ 18-and-under division of the Olivarez Cup 2016 presented by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat on Monday.

    The 15-year-old rising star from Immaculate Conception Academy, unranked in a field of 16, dominated Mariel So in the opener, 6-2, 6-1, then sustained her form to surprise Llamas, 6-1, 6-3, before marching into the finals of the premier division of the annual event as Lagrisola, who earlier struggled past Camille So, 6-2, 2-6, 10-3, withdrew due to foot injury.

    Second seed Patricia Velez and Jade Capadocia were disputing the other finals berth at presstime.

    Velez, a Davao leg champion of the top ranking junior tournament put up by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez along with Rep. Eric Olivarez and Dr. Pablo Olivarez as part of the family’s long-time commitment to develop the sport and help in the country’s talent-search, also made it to the semis of the 16-U section, along with Bianca Pica, Miles Vitaliano and Melanie Dizon.

    Second seed Macie Carlos of NCR toppled Tiffany Nocos to seal a title showdown with unranked Geanlijah Sagandoy, who stunned top seed Vitaliano in the 14-U category of the event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Slazenger as the official ball.

    Meanwhile, 64 players vie for four slots in the men’s Open singles while 32 slug it out in the women’s side in today’s (Tuesday) start of the qualifying for the centerpiece event.

    In other juniors results, top seed Kryshanna Brazal ripped Julia Ignacio, 6-4, 6-0, to arrange a title duel with Nocos, who upset No. 2 Alexa Milliam, 6-3, 6-2, in the 12-U category while top seed Marc Jarata held off Samuel Nuguit, 6-4, 7-5, and John Velez trounced Luis Salvacion, 6-1, 6-1, in the boys side.

    “The rash of reversals only underscored the level playing field and we take pride in producing these new batch of future stars who we must further train and develop and provide exposure to become members of the next national teams,” said Mayor Olivarez.

    Iriga City champion Glydel Guevarra crushed M’lang’s Tennielle Madis, 4-2, 4-0, to capture the 10-unisex crown in the event, kicking off a three-week tennis festival that also features the team and inter-collegiate championships.

    Over in the boys’ side, top seed Jose Pague turned back Gabriel Tiamson, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, to set up a semis duel with Godfrey Seno, who humbled No. 3 Cenon Gonzales Jr., 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, while Janus Ringia ripped No. 6 Jeremias Macias III to advance against the winner of the Vince Tugade-Jacob Martin faceoff in the lower of the half of 64-player draw.

    Pague, from Zamboanga, also moved into the semis of the 16-U side with a 6-1, 6-1 romp over Nio Tria, while Marcus Del Rosario thwarted Ringia, 6-4, 6-3, to likewise advance along with Manuel Balce 3rd, who bundled out Kurt Molina, 6-3, 6-2, and Vince Tugade, 6-2, 6-3.

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