• Ladies’ singles battle heats up


    Marian Jade Capadocia CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Defending champion Marian Jade Capadocia and Patrimonio sisters, Clarice and Christine, led the march of the quarterfinalists in the ladies’ singles of the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings at the PCA indoor courts in Paco, Manila.

    The 19-year-old Capadocia outclassed Rafaella Villanueva, 6-2, 6-2, to secure her spot in the quarterfinals. “I just need to stay focused and make some adjustments in my next game,” said Capadocia.

    Second seed Clarice utilized her newly-acquired conditioning skills and took early command as she disposed of Jella Capadocia, 6-2, 6-2, 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.

    “Mas maganda ang kundisyon ko ngayon kumpara last year kasi may conditioning coach na ako ngayon. Nao-overcome ko na ‘yung gigil ko minsan sa court. May tendency kasi na masyadong napapalakas yung palo ko dahil gigil,” admitted the 21-year-old Patrimonio.

    On the other hand, Christine, the reigning Most Valuable Player in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, had a tougher time against Filipino-American wildcard Catherine Isip before earning a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) win.

    Marian arranged a showdown with Christine, while Clarice will face fifth pick Hannah Espinosa, who outlasted Maria Angela Sunga, 4-6, 6-1, 2-0 (ret.).

    Completing the list of quarterfinalists were No. 3 Edilyn Balanga, No. 4 Maika Tanpoco and No. 6 Marinel Rudas. Balanga trounced Princess Castillo, 6-3, 6-1; Tanpoco routed Jade Capadocia, 6-1, 6-1; and Rudas downed Shaira Rivera, 6-1, 6-1.

    In the men’s division, top seed Patrick John Tierro and eight-time champion Johnny Arcilla also made it into the quarterfinals of the event backed by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI, GMA 7 and TV 5.


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