Veteran international campaigner Khim Iglupas stunned Serbian Nevena Sokovic, 6-1, 6-3, to barge into the girls’ singles quarterfinals of the 2016 International Tennis Federation (ITF) LTAT Junior Grade 4 Week 2 at the National Tennis Development Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
Iglupas, a runner-up in Week 1 of the ITF tournament, will have her hands full in the next round against 10th seed Indian Priyana Kalita, who posted a come-from-behind 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Saki Oyama of Japan.
Iglupas then connived with Thasaporn Naklo of Thailand in scoring an easy 6-0, 6-2 win over Oyama and compatriot Rika Tanaka to reach the semifinal round.
The Filipina-Thai duo arranged a semifinals showdown with IndonesiansNadya Aulia and Setia Indri Harti, who defeated Aaliya Ebrahim of India and Avril Look of Hong Kong, 6-2, 6-2.
In boys’ singles, John Bryan Otico was forced to retire in the third round due to injury. He was battling 10th pick Tonkla Mulada of Thailand with score tied at one set apiece, 6-7 (4), 6-3, and 3-3 in the third set.
Earlier, Otico was playing perfect with Japanese partner Seita Watanabe in the boys’ doubles, nailing a 6-3, 6-3 win over Shouma Hirano of Japan and Yohan Sung of South Korea to advance to the semifi-nals.Iglupas cruises into ITF juniors tilt quarters
The other Filipino entries Shaira Hope Rivera and Maia Bernadette Balce were booted out in the early round of the tournament. Rivera succumbed to Parima Leenabanchong of Thailand in the first round, 3-6, 3-6, while Balce lost to Lasya Patnaik of India in the second round, 6-3, 1-6, 1-6.
EMIL C. NOGUERA