• Nia, Rivera roll into Olivarez Cup semis

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    Top seed Nio Tria grounded out a tough quarterfinal win in the boys’ 14-U while No. 2 Shaira Hope Rivera took an easier route in the girls’ 18-U semis in juniors action of the sixth Olivarez Cup Age Group Tennis Championships at Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque yesterday.

    Tria had to summon all his strength and willpower against No. 8 Daniel Estanislao, who pushed him to the limit, before scoring a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 10-8, for a spot in the Last-4 of the weeklong event featuring the country’s leading and rising junior players.

    Tria next faces the winner between third seed Tim Adrian Gumban and Laurenz Quitara. Gumban came off a 6-2, 6-1 win over Loucas Fernandez while Quitara pulled the rug from under No. 6 John Alexander Bulilan, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in the previous round.

    Rivera, on the other hand, hardly broke out a sweat in hammering out a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Ibiza Mae Perez, to grab her expected place in the semis in the girls’ premier class of the Group I tournament, backed by Dunlop AllClay Court as the official ball, Stronghold Insurance and Aseana City.

    She goes up against either Melanie Faye Dizon or Bettina Bautista, who were playing quarterfinal match at presstime.

    Rivera is also in the hunt in the girls’ 16-U as she got through to the quarters after disposing off Lila Salvacion, 6-0, 6-0.

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