Otico cruised into ITF Junior meet quarters


Top seed John Bryan Decasa Otico is still on track to claiming his second straight title as he reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championships Week 2 boys’ singles on Wednesday at the National Tennis Development Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

The 18-year-old Otico banked on his vast experience to beat hometown bet Michael Mathayomchand via a 6-4 6-4 decision in the third round of the Grade Four tournament.

Otico arranged a quarterfinals meeting with familiar foe in seventh pick Akanit Pumjit of Thailand who scored a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-0 win over 10th seed Sacchitt Sharrma of India in the other third-round match.

Otico, trained by the Philippine Tennis Academy, hopes to duplicate his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sharrma in the semifinals of the ITF Junior Championships Week 1 last week.

For the second straight week, third seed Arthur Craig Pantino bowed out of contention following his 1-6, 0-6 loss to unheralded player Keisuke Saitoh of Japan in the third round.

He was the second Filipino netter who crashed out of singles, joining second-round loser Filipino-Spanish Diego Garcia Dalisay in the sideline.

But in the doubles event, Pantino with Otico, toppled Kun Liu of Taiwan and Sumitpal Singh of India in the second round, 6-0, 3-6, 10-4.

The top-seeded Filipino pair will be up against fifth seed Thai duo Pumjit and Kasidit Samrej in the quarterfinals.

Pumjit and Samrej won against Ryuheu Azuma of Japan and Nguyen Phuong Van of Vietnam, 6-3, 6-2.

Otico bagged the singles title in Week 1 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Jeson Patrombon blasted Haru Inoue of Japan, 6-4, 6-2, to advance to the second round of the Hong Kong ITF Men’s Futures 2 being held at the Victoria Park Center in Hong Kong.

He will face eighth seed Soichiro Moritani of Japan, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Alexis Canter of Great Britain.

Another Filipino entry Francis Casey Alcantara, however, succumbed to sixth pick Jumpei Yamasaki of Japan, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6.


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