South Cotabato’s Janus Ringia led the first-round winners in the boys’14-under category of the 33rd Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and Metro Global Holdings on Monday at the PCA indoor shell clay courts in Paco, Manila.
Ringia overpowered Romeo Martin Buenaventura, 6-0, 6-0, to advance to the next round against Christian Lawrence Villarin, who earlier defeated Sean Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-0.
Also winning their respective matches were Norman De Castro over Red Ante, 6-2, 6-2; Jose Maria Pague over John Aaron Garces, 6-0, 6-0; Gabriel Tiamson over Ethan Arejola, 6-0 6-2; Angelo Saraza over Lorenzo Suarez, 7-5, 6-0; and Adrian Encinares over Santino Vistan (walkover).
Sixth seed Jan Harold Trillanes also powered through a shaky second set to turn back Jose Martin Buenaventura, 6-2, 7-5, yesterday as action in the boys’ 12-under division continues to heat up.
Trillanes secured his slot in the third round along with seventh pick Sebastien Lhuillier, who barely broke a sweat against Sean Andre Bernardo, 6-1, 6-1, and Matthew Garcia, who also clinched a breezy 6-1, 6-1 win over Juan Alfonso Lacuna. Jose Rafael Cruz also made it into the next round via walkover against Diego Dayrit.
Garcia and Trillanes are set to battle it out in the next round of 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.
Seventh seed Minette April Bentillo and No. 12 Prince Najeeb Langitao continued their assault in the 10-under unisex category. Bentillo outlasted Joaquin De Leon, 6-4, 4-1 while Langitao blanked April Christine Bautista, 4-0, 4-0 to advance into the third round. Samuel Reane Nuguit and Jude Hidalgo joined the Mindanao bets after scoring contrast- ing victories.
Samuel Reane prevailed over sibling Shant Raven, 4-1, 4-2 while Hidalgo rallied after a dismal start to beat Joshua Diva, 2-4, 5-3, 5-2.
Top seed Miguel Luis Vicencio and No. 2 Rafael Liangco sealed their spots in the next round of the 10-under division via default in the tourney supported by United Auctioneers Inc. Foton, Philippine Sports Commission, TLH Sports & Wellness Center/Solinco, Avida Land Corporation, Stronghold Insurance, Ryobi MHI and GMA 7.