• Patrimonio sisters advance in PCA Open

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    Christine Patrimonio CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Christine Patrimonio CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Patrimonio sisters, Clarice and Christine, showed dominance over their respective rivals on Tuesday to lead the first-round winners in the ladies’ singles division of the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings at the PCA indoor courts in Paco, Manila.

    Second seed Clarice blasted unheralded Anna Vienna Bienes, 6-0, 6-1, while seventh pick Christine whipped Chloe Mae Saraza, 6-2, 6-2.

    Three-time champion Marian Jade Capadocia also kept her formidable stance against Angela Cabral en route to a 6-4, 6-2 victory to start her title-retention campaign on a strong note.

    The 19-year-old Capadocia had a lethargic start due to jetlag but was able to get her groove in time for the second set. She will meet Rafaella Villanueva who defeated Ingrid Gonzales, 6-0, 6-2, in the second round.

    “I’m not feeling well today maybe because of my jetlag and the [hot]weather. I had a lot of unforced errors,” said Capadocia, who just came back from a two-month training camp in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

    Capadocia’s siblings Jella and Charito scored contrasting victories to also advance into the next round in the tournament supported by Dunlop, Fujidenzo/Whirlpool, Babolat, Hon. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Head, Accel, Malate Bayview Mansion, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc., Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company Inc. and Seno Hardware.

    Jella, 21 years old, displayed resilience against Macy Gonzales, 7-6 (4), 6-3, while the 16-year-old Charito sailed past Janina Luis, 6-3, 6-1, in the event also backed by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI, GMA 7 and TV 5.

    Also making their way into the second round were No. 3 Edilyn Balanga, No. 4 Maika Tanpoco, No. 5 Hannah Espinosa and Princess Castillo at the expense of Rachelle De Guzman (3-6, 6-3, 7-5), Erika Manduriao (6-2, 6-2), Eren Penados (6-0, 6-0) and Jennelyn Magpayo (6-2, 6-0) respectively.

    Sixth pick Marinel Rudas and Jzash Eale Canja waltzed into the next round via walkover wins.

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