Weather permitting, the quarterfinal round of the Phinma-PSC International Juniors Tennis Championships Week 2 will be held today (Saturday) after organizers called off play on Friday due to non-stop rain that rendered the courts unplayable.
Otherwise, the matches in the boys’ and girls’ sides will be moved to the Philippine Columbian Association’s indoor courts, according to tournament director Loida Mallare.
Top seed Khim Iglupas is trying to keep the Filipinos’ hopes alive in the Grade 4 ITF 18-under category event sponsored by the Phinma Group of Companies and the Philippine Sports Commission after the rest of the local bets bowed out one after the other in both categories.
The Philippine Tennis Academy stalwart fell short of her bid in Week 1, losing to eventual runner-up Ting Pei Chang of Taiwan, 6-7(3), 3-6. But Iglupas vowed to bounce back in Week 2, ripping Aussie Ivana Popovic, 6-3, 6-2, in the first round then disposing of Japanese Shiori Ito, 6-4, 6-3.
Iglupas, with Week 1 champion Lee Kuan Yi as partner, is also eyeing a finals berth in doubles against Ito and Kajuru while last week’s boys’ doubles winners Bryan Otico and Seita Watanabe take on Christian Chin of Malaysia and Indonesian Alvin Edison for a berth in the championship of the event backed by Mariposa Foundation, Technifibre and Century Park Hotel.
Other quarters matches pit China’s Jing Jing Yang vs No. 2 Rika Tanaka of Japan; American Jordan Harris versus Week 1 champion No. 3 Kuan Yi Lee of Taiwan; and fourth seed Shiho Tsukuda of Japan against Chinese Li Xuanjin.
In boys’ quarters, Kai Kawano faces fellow Japanese Keisuke Saitoh, Thai Natthasith Kunsuwan tangles with Tomoya Ikeda of Japan; Ryuta Ata clashes with Kazuki Shimizu in another all Japan duel; and Ryoma Matsushita squares off with India’s Digvijay Singh.