• Iglupas, top seeds roll into Olivarez Cup

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    Three-peat seeking Khim Iglupas romped off with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jade Capadocia to join the top three seeded bets into the second round of the ladies singles of the seventh Olivarez Cup Tennis Championship at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat on Tuesday.

    Iglupas, who dominated Marian Capadocia, 6-3, 6-3, to retain her crown here last year, overpowered the younger Capadocia with her superb all-around game to move into the Last 16 phase against Rachelle De Guzman, who eased out Ma. Dominique Ong, 6-0, 6-1.

    Unranked Miles Vitaliano pulled off a shock 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 8 Raffaela Villanueva while Michael Madrio stunned No. 8 Anthony Alcoseba, 7-5, 6-1, in the men’s side for two of a number of reversals in the tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Slazenger as the official ball.

    Marian Capadocia, the top ranked bet in the elite side that includes No. 2 Clarice Patrimonio and third seed Maia Balce, also primed herself up for a projected semis face-off with the No. 4 Iglupas, beating Patricia Paez, 6-1, 6-2.

    Clarice Patrimonio, on the other hand, turned in a more impressive start in the premier event put up by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez along with Rep. Eric Olivarez and Dr. Pablo Olivarez as part of the family’s long-time commitment to develop the sport, a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Bea Ebriega, while Balce got past qualifier Noguchi Yoshino, 6-0, 6-3.

    No. 5 Marinel Rudas also advanced with a 6-1, 6-0 romp over Clarizza Caorte for a duel with Frances Santiago, who trounced Charito Capadocia, 6-0, 6-0, while sixth ranked Christine Patrimonio toppled Erika Manduriao, 6-2, 6-1, to seal a second round match with Ingrid Gonzales, who repulsed Karam Atangan, 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3.

    Other winners were No. 7 Hannah Espinosa, who trampled Joanna Tan, 6-3, 6-1; Ma. Lyn Troncoso, who upended Chloe Saraza, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4; Rachelle de Guzman, who routed Dominique Ong, 6-0, 6-1; Crizzabelle Paulino, who defeated Toni Rose Raymundo. 6-1, 6-2; Gaby Zoleta, who turned back Jennylyn Magpayo, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2; Shaira Hope Rivera, who outlasted Akiko De Guzman, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2; and Aileen Rogan, who dominated Joy Yuen, 6-1, 6-0.

    In men’s Open, top seed Johnny Arcilla and No. PJ Tierro also fashioned out straight-set wins coming off opening day byes with the former beating Arthur Pantig, 6-4, 6-1, and the latter clobbering Joseph Arcilla, 6-3, 6-1.

    Others who gained into the third round were Jet Asilo, Deo Talatayod, Elbert Anasta, Jan Godfrey Seno, Marcus del Rosario, Leander Lazaro, Ronard Joven, Manuel Balce III, Bryan Otico, Fritz Verdad, Rolando Ruel Jr., Eric Olivarez Jr. and Noel Damian Jr.

    Asilo stunned No. 14 Jimmy Tangalin, 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5; Talatayod held off Arcie Mano, 6-1, 0-6, 6-1; Anasta whipped Gee Abacan, 6-4, 6-1; Seno overpowered No. 16 Kristian Tesorio 6-2, 6-1; Del Rosario surprised No. 10 John Altiche, 7-6(4), 6-4; Lazaro crushed Joshua Kinaadman, 6-3, 6-3; Joven beat Jacob Lagman, 6-4, 6-1; Balce thwarted No. 11 Arvin Ruel, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2; Otico swept Francis Patino, 6-0, 6-0; Verdad scored a walkover win over Marcen Gonzales; Ruel booted out Cenon Gonzales Jr., 6-4, 6-2; Olivarez Jr. held off Raymund Diaz, 6-4, 6-4; and Damian got past Mart Cabahug, 6-2, 6-4.

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