Ateneo de Manila University standout Marcen Angelo Gonzales and sixth-seed Joshua Cano barged into the semifinals after scoring two straight victories in the boys’ 18-under of the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings on Friday at the PCA indoor shell clay courts in Paco, Manila.
Gonzales downed John Kennete Arandia, 6-1, 6-0, following his win against No. 8 Kyle Parpan, 6-0, 6-4. Cano, on the other hand, blanked John Karl Bayot, 6-0, 6-0, after disposing off his brother Jose Nicholas, 6-4, 6-3. Gonzales and Cano will face each other today for a spot in the finals.
Top seed Miles Vitaliano and second-ranked Alexandra Eala sailed past their respective rivals in the girls’ 12-under to clinch their spots in the semis.
Justine Hannah Maneja proved to be no match against Vitaliano, 6-0, 6-0, while Eala crushed Justine Red Ballado, 6-1, 6-0.
Not to be left behind were third pick Denise Bernardo and No. 4 Lourdes Pe who scored contrasting victories over Julia Ignacio (6-1, 6-0) and Gaby Zoleta (7-5, 6-1), respectively.
It will be a battle of giants in the semis as Vitaliano arranges a showdown with Pe leaving Eala and Bernardo to settle a score in 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.
Also battling today are stalwarts from Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, National University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines and University of the East in the Inter-Collegiate event.
The Patrimonio sisters—Anna Christine and Anna Clarice–will spearhead the bid of the NU Lady Bulldogs while former junior standout Marinel Rudas leads the La Salle Lady Archers.
This tournament is also supported by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI and GMA 7.