Iglupas, Santiago, Rivera pull through


Khim Iglupas, Frances Santiago and Shaira Rivera pulled off victories in varying fashions to make up for the defeat of four other Filipinas in Day 2 of the girls singles of the ITF Junior Circuit Phinma-PSC International Juniors Week 2 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center on Wednesday.

The top seed Iglupas whipped Australia’s Ivana Popovic of Australia in 55 minutes with a 6-3, 6-2 victory while Santiago hurdled qualifier Tameka Peterson 6-4, 6-1. Rivera, on the other hand, needed to fight back from an opening set defeat to turn back Japanese Kanon Yasumoto, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, and move into the second round of the Grade 4 ITF 18-under category event sponsored by the Phinma Group of Companies and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Iglupas will next take on Shiori Ito of Japan, whom she defeated in their last meeting, while Santiago will face No. 6 Xuanjin Li of China and Rivera gets another crack at No. 3 and last week’s tormentor Kuan Yi Lee of Taipei.

Wild card entry Monica Cruz bowed second seed Rika Tanaka of Japan, 0-6, 1-6; Janelle Llavore fell to Chao-Yi Wang of Taipei, 2-6, 2-6; Rafaella Villanueva lost to Jordan Harris of USA, 1-6,2-6; and Gennifer Pagente succumbed to Jing Jing Yang of China, 2-6, 1-6.

Except for world ranked 751 and No. 8 Ting Pei Chang of Taipei, who fell to Ange Oby Kajuru of Japan in a big upset, all the seeded players cruised to the next round of the last of the two-week event backed by Mariposa Foundation, Technifibre and Century Park Hotel.

World ranked 601 and seventh ranked Oleksanda Kalachova of New Zealand survived Wing Ka Lin of Hong Kong, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1; ranked 412 and fourth seed Shiho Tsukuda of Japan toppled Sabrina Ristawan of Indonesia via 5-0 (ret.), while No. 6 Xianjin Lin of China ousted Skyler Holm of US, 6-2, 6-1.

Fifth-seed and world ranked 530 Risa Fukutoku of Japan defeated Mariya Polishchuk of Russia, 6-3, 6-0, and while Lee blasted Samantha Nanere of Indonesia, 6-1, 6-2.


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