Defending champion Patrick John Tierro led the men’s singles quarterfinalists while the Patrimonio sisters – Christine and Clarice—kept their impressive run as they surged into the ladies’ singles Round-of-8 on Wednesday in the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier Wildcard Event at the PCA Open clay courts in Paco, Manila.
Tierro was showing no signs of slowing down as he demolished Noel Damian Jr., 6-1, 6-0, in the event supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, The Philippine Star, Head, Babolat, Compass/IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
The 30-year-old veteran ace will be pitted against the winner between Stefan Suarez and Marc Anthony Alcoseba in the quarterfinals.
“Today is a good day. I’m just playing one game at a time. May kasamang pressure kahit papaano dahil iba ‘yung at stake ngayon so mataas ang expectations sa amin,” said Tierro, who is eyeing back-to-back titles.
Eight-time champion Johnny Arcilla, on the other hand, carved out a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Arthur Craig Pantino. Arcilla faces Ronard Joven, a 6-2 6-0 winner over Fritz Verdad.
Pulling away from her sister’s shadow, seventh seed Christine came out with guns blazing against Lenelyn Milo, 6-0, 6-1, while top seed Clarice routed Crizabelle Paulino, 6-0, 6-2.
Christine will duel second seed Marinel Rudas after shutting out Reisha Nillasca, 6-0, 6-0. Clarice will also have her hands full as she squares off with No. 8 Rafaella Villanueva, who beat Kryshana Hitosis, 6-1, 6-2.
Also breezing into the quarterfinals were third seed Edilyn Balanga, No. 4 Maia Balce, No. 5 Sjaira Hope Rivera and No. 6 Hannah Espinosa in the tournament supported by Whirlpool/Fujidenzo, Broadway Motor Sales Corp. Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines, Tyrecorp Incorporated, Pearl Garden Hotel, Metro Global Holdings Corporation, Avida, PVL Restaurant, Mary Grace Foods, Inc., Seno Hardware and Wire Rope Corporation.
Balanga defeated Sally Mae Siso, 6-1, 6-1; Balce blanked Krizzele Sampaton, 6-0, 6-0; Rivera overpowered Frances Santiago, 6-2, 6-4; and Espinosa blasted Miles Vitaliano, 6-0, 6-0.