Filipino netters Alberto Lim Jr. and Khim Iglupas stunned their res-pective seeded foes to reach the semifinals of the Asian B1 ITF Pune Open Junior Tennis Championship on Friday at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.
Lim needed less than an hour in trouncing fifth seed Yunosuke Tanaka of Japan, 7-5, 6-1, in the boys’ singles of the tournament sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.
“I’m taking it one game at a time and I’m happy that I’m getting good results here and hopefully continue winning,” said Lim, who dropped to No. 31 in the world ranking after reaching as high as 12th early this year.
The 16-year-old Lim, the youngest Philippine Columbian Association Open champion, will be in full force in the semifinals when he battles another seeded opponent, third pick Yuta Shimizu of Japan, who ousted eight seed Lyu Chengze of China, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.
In doubles, Lim and Indian partner Nikshep Ballekere Ravinkumar suffered a heartbreaking 1-6, 6-3, 7-10 loss to the top-seeded Japanese tandem of Tanaka and Toru Horie in the semifinals.
In girls’ singles, Iglupas posted an easy 6-2, 6-3 win over eight pick Naho Sato of Japan to claim one of the four slots in the semifinals.
Iglupas, however, will be tested anew as she faces fifth-ranked Pranjala Yadlapalli of India.
Yadlapalli shocked top pick Yuki Naito of Japan in the other quarterfinal pairing via a hard-earned 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win.
The 17-year-old Iglupas aims to get more points to improve her current ranking – 149th – in the ITF world standings.