• Petrombon, partner suffer loss in ATP tilt

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    Filipino netter Jeson Patrom-bon and Taiwanese partner Jimmy Wang lost in the opening round of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Challenger Tour doubles event on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center in Manila.

    Patrombon and Wang suffered a 3-6, 1-6 decision at the hands of veteran campaigners Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.

    Brunstrom and Nielsen arranged a quarterfinals showdown with the winner between Filipino Ruben Gonzales and Darren Walsh of Great Britain, and South Africans Dean OBrien and Ruan Roelofse.

    In the other match, Belgians Kimmer Coppejans and Yannick Mertens trounced Croatians Dino Marcan and Nikola Mektic, 6-1, 7-6 (5), to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

    Coppejans and Mertens will be meeting twin Thai netters Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Rati-watana, who defeated Li Zhe of China and Peng Hsien-Yin of Taiwan, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

    In singles, Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland stunned top seed Luca Vanni of Italy, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, while Chinese Zhe Li ousted Oriol Roca Batalla of Spain, 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4.

    Chiudinelli and Li will be facing each other in quarterfinals.

    Japanese player Go Soeda also barged into the Round-of-8 after beating compatriot Hikoki Moriya, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

    Soeda will take on David Guez of France, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Thomas Fabbiano of Italy.

    Gonzales, the last Filipino wild card in the singles main draw, was not as lucky as he succumbed to Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, 6-2, 6-2, on Monday.

    JEAN RUSSEL DAVID

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