• Veterans, young turks clash in Olivarez Cup semifinals

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    Fancied PJ Tierro and Johnny Arcilla overwhelmed their respective rivals with their power game and rolled into the semifinals against two young bloods ready to take over in the sixth Olivarez Cup Tennis Championship at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque City on Thursday.

    The top seeded Tierro eased out Bryan Otico with a 6-3, 6-1 victory to seal a Final Four duel with a surging Jurence Mendoza of Olongapo, who added No. 10 Arvin Ruel to his growing list of seeded victims via a 6-3, 6-2 triumph in their side of the quarters clash in the event presented by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala through COO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by Philta.

    Arcilla, who has lorded it over Philippine tennis for a long time, scored a 6-2, 2-1 (ret.) win over Ronard Joven to arrange a semis clash with wild card Francis Alcantara from Cagayan de Oro, who upended No. 4 Mark Alcoseba, 6-2, 6-2, in the quarters then stunned fifth ranked Rolando Ruel Jr. 6-2, 6-0.

    Though they boast of experience on top of their talent, Davis Cuppers Tierro and Arcilla face formidable semis rivals with the 23-year-old Mendoza, from Oklahoma State, raring to mix it up with Tierro shot for shot and stroke for stroke.

    Alcantara, who honed his skills playing for the Pepperdine U, is also itching to put one over Arcilla in today’s featured matches starting at 11 a.m.

    Top seed Khim Iglupas also sustained her form in the event backed by Dunlop Fort Clay Court as the official ball, Stronghold Insurance and Aseana City as she blasted Christine Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the semis against sixth seed Maia Balce, who shocked No. 3 Edilyn Balanga, 6-2, 6-2

    Second seed Marian Capadocia and Samantha Coyiuto were still slugging it out for a semis spot at presstime along with No. 4 Christine Patri¬mo¬nio and fifth ranked Marinel Rudas.

    Meanwhile, Arcilla and Tierro cruised to the men’s doubles quarters with a 6-0, 6-2 romp over siblings Andrew and Jimmy Tanggalin, while No. 2 Vicente Anasta and Mark Alcoseba turned back Rollie Anasta and Chat Conta, 6-3, 5-7, 10-5.

    Others who advanced were Otico-Kenneth Salvo, Arc Dolorito-Wilson Oblea, Rogelio Estano-RJ Saga, Eric Jed Olivarez-Kim Saraza, Ronard Joven-Jacob Lagman and Alberto Lim Jr.-Mendoza.

    Balanga and Rudas, on the other hand, thwarted Hannah Espinosa and Mae Siso, 7-5, 6-2, to lead the women’s doubles semis cast which includes Balce and Christine Patri¬monio, Iglupas and Shaira Rivera and Capadocia and Clarice Patrimonio.

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