Patrombon advances to Futures Open second round

Mark Escarlote on Oct 06, 2015 04:05 PM
Patrombon advances to Futures Open second round
Filipino bet Jeson Patrombon is through to the second round of the PSC-Philta International Menís Futures Open.

Jeson Patrombon was the lone bright spot to a gloomy start for the Philippines Tuesday, as his compatriots were shown the exit door early in the PSC-Philta International Men’s Futures Open.    

The Filipino netter shrugged off a slow start before blasting Chinese Taipei bet Liang Wen-chu, 7-5, 6-0, to advance in the second round of the $15,000 tournament held at Valle Verde Country Club shell courts in Pasig City.   

Looking jittery in the opening set, the former World Juniors No. 9 saw his 3-0 lead evaporate allowing the Taiwanese to break him thrice to tie the frame at 5.

The Philippine Davis Cupper wrapped the set by taking the last two games before Patrombon, who unloaded eight service aces, dominated Wen-Chu in the second frame to end the one-hour-45-minute match.

“Basta opening game mahirap talaga. Medyo naninigas ako sa first set, buti nakuha ko na laro ko sa second set,” said Patrombon, ranked 1209 in the world and is now under a new coaching system after enrolling in the Hope Tennis Academy in Chinese Taipei.

Patrombon will next face the winner between Filipino-Spaniard Diego Garcia-Dalisay and Japanese third seed Kento Takeuchi.

The 22-year-old player is playing as of posting in the doubles match with Japanese partner Makoto Ochi against the tandem of Soichiro Moritani and Masato Shiga of Japan.

The other Filipinos however, were not as lucky.

Patrombon’s fellow Davis Cupper Patrick John Tierro received the boot against seventh seed Hug Jui-chen of Chinese Taipei, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.

Despite the obvious edge in skills and fitness, Tierro showed big fighting heart and managed to drag the Taiwanese to a deciding set and even took a 3-2 lead in the third.

There was no stopping Hung, however, as he next held, broke and held for a 5-3 advantage that eventually sapped the energy of the Filipino star.

Wildcard entry Kyle Dandan, who replaced AJ Lim Jr. in the main draw, was swept by Japanese Hiromasa Oku, 6-1, 6-2, as the second singles casualty for the host team.

Oku won all of his eight service games while breaking Dandan four times.  

The pair of former Davis Cupper Elbert Anasta and Leander Lazaro were eliminated by Japan’s Issei Okamura and Kento Takeuchi, 6-2, 6-2, in their doubles match.

Also making the next round in the event were Japanese Issei Okamura and Katsugi Nagao and Australian Harry Bourchier.

Okamura pulled off a 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 upset of fifth seed Vinayak Sharma Kaza of India, while his compatriot Nagao booted out Lin Wei-de of Chinese Taipei, 6-4, 6-2.

The second seed Bourchier downed Masago Shiga of Japan, 6-0, 6-1.

In men’s doubles, Taiwanese pair Tin Chen and Hsin Lin edged Edward Bourchier of Australia and Ilya Vsailyev of Russia, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Johnny Arcilla debuts Wednesday against Yusei Fukuoka, while Francis Casey Alcantara and Elbert Anasta collide in an all-Filipino first round encounter.






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