Filipino netter Jurence Zosimo Mendoza made it to the boys’ singles semifinals of the 2nd Asian Youth Games tennis competitions being held in Nanjing, China.
Mendoza outclassed Wong Hong Kit of Hong Kong in the quarterfinals via an easy 6-1, 6-2 win on Wednesday. It was the third straight win of Mendoza counting his victories over Abhishek Bastola of Nepal in the first round, 6-0, 6-1, and Rashid Albader of Kuwait in the second round, 6-0, 6-1.
The second-seeded Mendoza will be up against Garvit Batra of Independent Olympic Athletes in the semifinals. Batra advanced to the semifinals by trouncing Abdulla Ahli of the United Arab Emirates in the first round, 6-0, 6-0, seventh seed Qui Zhuoyang of China in the second, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5, and Roman Khassanov of Kazkahstan in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-1.
So far, the Philippines has one gold and one silver in the Asian meet.
Junior golfers Mia Legaspi and Princess Superal dominated the girls’ individual event as they finished 1-2 on Tuesday.
In athletics, Emily Jean Obiena finished fifth overall in the girls’ pole vault event as she registered 3.10 meters. Chinese Li Chaoqun earned the gold with 4.00 meters while Yang Shuting of China (3.55m) and Lin Tsai-Ying of Taiwan (3.55m) settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
In girls’ 100m dash, Kayla Richardson placed fifth with a time of 12.30 seconds while her twin sister Kyla ended up sixth in 12.38 seconds. Ge Manqi of China topped the event in 11.91 seconds.