Filipino-Spaniard Diego Dalisay and Jeson Patrombon marched into the second round of the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier ITF Men’s Futures 2 on Tuesday at the PCA clay courts in Paco, Manila.
Dalisay outplayed fellow local bet Rolando Ruel, 6-1, 6-4, while Pat¬rombon posted a convincing 6-3, 6-3 victory over Shu Saito of Japan in the tournament sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.
The 16-year-old Dalisay, whose mother is from San Nicolas, Batangas, will be battling fourth pick Arata Onozawa of Japan, who ousted former PCA Open champion Patrick John Tierro, 6-0, 6-2.
On the other hand, Patrombon will face Kunal Anand of India who shocked seventh seed Hiro¬masa Oku of Japan, 6-1, 6-4, in the tournament supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, The Philippine Star, Head, Babolat, Compass/IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
Top seed Enrique Lopez-Perez of Spain and second pick Harry Bour¬chier of Australia also sailed through the next round via contrasting wins.
Lopez-Perez barely broke a sweat against Chinese-Taipei’s Lee Kuan-Yi, 6-2, 6-0. Bourchier, on the other hand, had to use the heavy artillery to turn back his resilient Japanese foe Masato Shiga, 7-6, 7-5.
Eight-time PCA Open champion Johnny Arcilla, Australian Open juniors doubles titlist Francis Casey Alcantara, Elbert Anasta and Bryan Otico will take to the courts today in the first round of the tournament also backed by Whirlpool/Fuji¬denzo, Broadway Motor Sales Corp. Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines, Tyrecorp Incorporated, Pearl Garden Hotel, Metro Global Holdings Corporation, Avida, PVL Restaurant, Mary Grace Foods, Inc., Seno Hardware and Wire Rope Corporation.
Arcilla will battle Chen Tin of Taiwan and Alcantara faces Ren Naka¬mura of Japan. Local standouts Anas¬ta and Otico will rely on their home court advantage against their Japanese opponents, No. 6 Makoto Ochi and Soichiro Moritani, respectively.
A total of $15,000 US dollars is up for grabs with the champ getting $2,160 while the runner-up takes home $1,272.