Defending champion Patrick John Tierro and ninth seed Marc Reyes made it to the third round of the 34th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open-Cebuana Lhuillier Wildcard Event on Friday at the PCA Open clay courts in Paco, Manila.
Tierro seemed to have the new court figured out as he continued his winning ways by beating newcomer Ken Philip Paradela, 8-0, in the event supported by Cebuana Lhuillier, Puma, Dunlop, Philippine Star, Head, Babolat, Compass/IMOSTI and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
Reyes, on the other hand, was unstoppable against Bernardine Siso, 8-1, and joined Tierro in the next round of singles play.
Also making it into the third round were Rolando Ruel Jr. and Arcie Mano after weaving similar 8-1 victories over Hans Asistio and Jason Timbal, respectively, in the tournament sponsored by Whirlpool/Fujidenzo, Broadway Motor Sales Corp. Coca-Cola Fesma Philippines, Tyrecorp Incorporated, Pearl Garden Hotel, Metro Global Holdings Corporation, Avida, PVL Restaurant, Mary Grace Foods, Inc., Seno Hardware and Wire Rope Corporation.
Still reeling from the sting of last year’s finals defeat, former champion Johnny Arcilla came out strong and scored an easy 8-2 victory over Laurence Joy Obdina while third pick Elbert Anasta, No. 4 Alberto Lim Jr., No. 8 Ronard Joven and No. 12 Roel Capangpangan led the pack of first-round winners.
Anasta trounced Jomari Guira, 8-2, while Lim prevailed over Rey Mayo, 8-1. Joven struggled at first but was able to pull through against Dave Mosqueda, 8-5. Capangpangan defeated Joshua Kinaadman, 8-4.
Other first-round winners were Joel Atienza against Bernanlou Bering (8-5), Dheo Talatayod versus Jeric Delos Santos (8-7), Argil Lance Canizares over Raymund Malapitan (8-0) and Arjohn Dela Cruz versus Larius Laforteza (8-4).
The finalists in the men’s singles will earn automatic berths in the main draw of the upcoming 2015 Manila International Tennis Federation (ITF) Men’s Futures Leg 2 slated on October 2, while the players who make it into the quarterfinals and semifinals will gain access to the qualifying round. Only the winners in the doubles division will be given spots in the ITF main 16-pair main draw.
A total of P172,000 is up for grabs this year with the men’s single champ taking the top purse of P50,000, while the runner-up gets P25,000. The ladies singles titlist and runner-up will take home P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.