Diego Dalisay and Jan Godfrey Seno overpowered their respective Hong Kong rivals on Monday to clinch berths in the main draw of the Phinma-PSC International Juniors Tennis Championships Week 2 which starts today at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Dalisay, who fell in the second round in last week’s first stage of the two-week long Grade 4 ITF 18-under category event sponsored by the Phinma Group of Companies and the Philippine Sports Commission, eased out Kyle Tang, 6-2, 6-3, while Seno advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Tsz Yeung Chan.
Thai Nutdanai Sincharoenwattan repulsed local bet Jacob Martin, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, then held off Singapore’s Justin Oeni, 7-5, 6-1, to join Dalisay and Seno along with fellow qualifier Keisuke Saitoh of Japan, who beat Thai Pawin Jirappomdaje, 6-2, 6-0.
Russian Mariya Krasakova, Japanese Kanon Yasumoto, Chinese Jing Jing Yang and Tameka Peterson, meanwhile, took the last four slots in the girls’ main draw of the event backed by Mariposa Foundation, Technifibre and Century Park Hotel.
Krasakova, who reached the quarters last week, toppled Korean Jaeeun Lee, 6-0, 6-3; Yasumoto dominated Aniya Holloway of the US, 6-1, 6-1; Yang thwarted Aussie Kelly Martin, 6-3, 6-4; and Peterson outplayed Sabrina Ristawan of Indonesia, 6-2, 6-0.
Taiwanese Kuen Yi Lee took the girls’ plum while Ryuki Matsuda of Japan snared the boys’ crown in Week 1 of the annual ranking event which awards 40 ranking points to the boys’ winner and 30 to the girls’ champion.
Meanwhile, action is expected to heat up in the first round today with the local bets out to redeem themselves after getting shutout in Week 1 that saw defending girls’ champion Khim Iglupas losing to eventual runner-up Ting Pei Chang of Taiwan.