Teen sensation Maria Carmencita Isabela Carlos secured a spot in the semifinals of the 2017 Asian Under-14 Tennis Championship girls’ singles being held at the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Carlos romped into the Final Four following her 7-5, 6-2 win over fifth seed Delilah Kuronen of Sweden in the quarterfinals of the tournament organized by the Asian Tennis Federation.
The 13-year old Filipina netter sets up a semifinals duel with unheralded Jannat Kaur Anand of India who shocked seventh pick Wing Yan Emily Chan of Hong Kong via a thrilling 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory.
Playing in the other semifinals are No. 4 Soo Ha Jang of South Korea and Chutnaree Boonklang of Thailand.
In doubles, Carlos and Chinese partner Zhang Yu Jie also entered the semifinals after ousting Anand and Japanese Erika Terada, 6-3, 6-0.
Carlos and Zhang will be battling Chinese duo Liu Pei Yi and Zi Ying Ruan, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Pimmada Lim of Thailand and Yuri Sugiura of Japan.
Seeing action in the other semis match are second picks Soo and Chloe Chong Zhi King of Malaysia, and third seeds Misaki Ito of Japan and Sze Xuan Lim of Malaysia.
In boys’ doubles, Filipino Edgardo Manuel Angara and Malaysian Jared Jia-Sheng Leong automatically advanced to the semifinals with a walkover win against Malaysians Izmal Mohammed Farroukh and Izran Mohammed Farroukh.
They will be meeting top picks Baher Miro of Syria and Seika Nishima of Japan, who defeated Damian Craddock and Maximus Jones of Thailand, 7-5, 6-3.