Second seeds Roxanne Resma and Khim Iglupas reached the girls’ doubles semifinals of the 7th Malacca International Junior Championship 2014 in Malaysia.
Resma and Iglupas crushed Shevita Aulana and Novela Rezha Millenia Putri of Indonesia, 6-1, 6-4, in their quarterfinal match that lasted less than an hour.
The Filipinas battle the third-seeded Taiwanese pair of Chen Han-Chi and Pai Ya Yun, which outlasted No. 7 Setia Indri Harti of Indonesia and Mei Otsuka of Japan, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 10-3.
Iglupas continued her impressive run in singles, ousting No. 10 Lisa Marie Rioux of Japan, 6-2, 7-6 (5), to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.
The 15-year-old Iglupas will take on No. 14 Lee Yang of Taiwan, who stunned top seed Yinglak Jittakoat of Thailand, 6-4, 6-2.
Resma lost to No. 15 Manita Bootsarakomvisit of Thailand, 4-6, 3-6.
In boys’ doubles, John Bryan Decasa and Indonesian Steven Poedji lost to Haekai Ramadhan and Pambudi Wiguna of Indonesia, 1-6, 0-6, while Eric Olivarez and Indonesian Christian Edison bowed to Hao Sheng Koay and Zu Zinyang Tan of Malaysia, 3-6, 4-6.
EMIL C. NOGUERA