The first of two Phinma-PSC International Juniors Tennis Championships gets going today (Tuesday, Nov. 15) with the region’s leading and upcoming players slugging it out for top honors and ranking points at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Khim Iglupas sets out for another title crack girls’ side with the talented Iligan City bet all primed up for a successful title drive in the Grade 4 ITF (International Tennis Federation) 18-under category event sponsored by the Phinma Group of Companies and the Philippine Sports Commission.
Joining Iglupas in the event backed by Mariposa Foundation, Technifibre and Century Park Hotel, are seeded entries Rafaella Villanueva and Shaira Rivera and wild cards Frances Santiago, Amanda Zoleta, Miles Vitaliano and Danielle Poblador, according to tournament director Loida Mallare.
Bryan Otico and Arthur Pantino, meanwhile, banner the locals bid in the boys’ category along with wild card bets Stephan Lhuillier, Justin Suarez, Diego Dalisay and Jacob Martin.
But two of the Filipino hopefuls fell by the wayside in the two-day qualifier with Jose Antonio Tria dropping a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Thai Natthasith Kunsuwan; and Jose Gabriel Tiamson succumbing to Japanese Keisuke Saitoh, 6-1, 6-0.
Two Thais also made it to the main draw with Nutdanai Sinchroenwattana beating Singapore’s Justin Oeni, 6-2, 6-2; and Pawin Jirapoomdaje repulsing Hong Kong’s Kyle Yin Tang, 6-3, 7-6(11).
In girls’ elims, Mia Wong of Hong Kong crushed Filipina Jhastine Ballado, 6-0, 6-0; China’s Jing Jing Yang outclassed Cambodia’s Serey Cheng, 6-0, 6-0; Aussie Kelly Martin scored a 6-1, 2-1(ret.) win over Tameka Peterson of Trinidad & Tobago; and Russian Mariya Krasakova booted out Aniya Holloway of the US, 6-4, 6-0.