Netters Resma, Iglupas advance in Malacca tournament

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Fourth seed Roxanne Resma and sixth pick Khim Iglupas barged into the girls’ singles third round of 7th Malacca International Junior Championship 2014 being held at the Malacca Tennis Complex in Malaysia.

The 15-year-old Resma had an easy route in beating Risa Fukutoku of Japan, 6-3, 6-2, while Iglupas needed an extra set to stop Ni Putu Armini of Indonesia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, in their respective second-round matches.

Ninth seed Maia Bernadette Balce, on the other hand, got booted out of contention as she absorbed a 0-6, 5-7 upset loss to unheralded Brooke Milner of Australia in the tournament sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.

Resma arranged a meeting with No. 15 Manita Bootsarakom visit of Thailand, who defeated Ma Qi-Li of China, 6-4, 7-5, while Iglupas will be facing No. 10 Lisa Marie Rioux of Japan, who routed Shevita Aulana of Indonesia, 6-0, 6-1.


In doubles, the No. 2 tandem of Resma and Iglupas thumped Malaysia’s Alyssa Boey and Yus Syazlin Yusri, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals.

Balce was also unlucky in the double play as she and Uzbek partner Melisa Berikova bowed to Aulana and Novella Putri of Indonesia, 4-6, 1-6.

In boys’ singles, John Bryan Decasa and Eric Olivarez lost to No. 14 Achad Imam Maruf of Indonesia (7-5, 4-6, 4-6) and No. 10 Joshua Liu of Singapore (5-7, 3-6), respectively.

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