• Cortes bags PCA Open finals berth

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    Brent Signmond Cortes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Brent Signmond Cortes CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Fifth seed Brent Signmond Cortes ousted top pick Miguel Luis Vicencio, 4-2, 4-2, to secure his slot in the 10-under unisex finals of the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings at the PCA indoor shell clay courts in Paco, Manila

    Cortes arranged a showdown with No. 3 Rupert Ohrelle Tortal who defeated second seed Rafael Liangco, 5-3, 4-2.

    Unseeded Jose Maria Pague proved he was no fluke when he shocked top seed Marcus Del Rosario, 6-3, 6-4, in the boys’ 14-under division of the tournament 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.

    Clinching the other finals spot was third pick Janus Ringia with another upset, 6-3, 6-3, against No. 2 Stephan Lhuillier. Pague and Ringia will battle for the title today.

    It was a different story for the top seeds Miles Vitaliano and Mikaela Vicencio as they set up their respective finals matches in the girls division.

    Vitaliano, who turned back No. 4 Lourdes Pe, 6-2, 6-4, will face second seed Alexandra Eala in the12-under finals. Eala had it easy with walkover win against Denise Bernardo.

    Meanwhile, Vicencio disposed of Blanche Lagrisola, 6-4, 6-1, en route to the finals in the 14-under category. Vicencio will battle the victor between Maxine Martine and Jackie Tan Ho.

    In the girls’ 16-under, unseeded Angela Cabaral held off No. 2 Toni Rose Raymundo, 6-3, 6-3, to secure the first finals slot. Cabaral will meet the winner in the matchup between top seed Chloe Mae Saraza and Nica Alanis.

    Semifinals continue today with matches featuring Vincent Alanis and Jake Martin, Cenon Gonzales Jr. and Fernando Arguelles in the boys’ 16-under; Chris Justine Prulla and Argil Lance Canizares, and Joshua Cano and Marcen Angelo Gonzales in the boys’ 18-under.

    This event is also sponsored by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI and GMA 7.

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