Alcantara, Arcilla enter Futures Open second round

Mark Escarlote on Oct 07, 2015 03:02 PM
Alcantara, Arcilla enter Futures Open second round
Francis Casey Alcantara (left) joins Johnny Arcilla and Jeson Patrombon in the second round of the PSC-Philta International Menís Futures Open.

Two more Filipinos made it to the singles second round of the PSC-Philta International Men’s Futures Open on Wednesday at the Valle Verde Country Club shell courts in Pasig City.  

It took Johnny Arcilla only 52 minutes to dispose of Japanese Yusei Fukuoka, 6-0, 6-2, while Francis Casey Alcantara dominated compatriot Elbert Anasta, 6-1, 6-3, to advance in the next phase of the $15,000 tournament.

Arcilla, an eight-time PCA Open champion, used his familiarity of the court to take advantage of the hard-hitting but error-prone Fukuoka.

“He’s strong but he committed lots of errors,” said Arcilla. “So I tried to play my own game and try to frustrate him.”

Playing for the first time in the tournament, the 2009 Australian Open boys doubles winner Alcantara admitted that he felt stiff at the start of the match against is good friend.          

“It was supposed to be a relaxed game with a dear friend,” Alcantara, the Pepperdine University stalwart said of fellow Davis Cupper Anasta. “But I still felt the jitters, maybe it’s because it’s my first ITF Futures.”

Arcilla and Alcantara joined Jeson Patrombon in the second round. 

The 35-year-old Arcilla will take on top seed Spanish Enrique Lopez-Perez, who is coming off a swift 6-1, 6-2 destruction of Shu Saito of Japan in the first round.

Alcantara, on the other hand, will have No. 8 seed Hiromasa Oku as his next assignment looking to exact revenge for compatriot Kyle Dandan who was booted out by the Japanese, 6-1, 6-2, Tuesday.

Patrombon is also eyeing a payback against Japanese third seed Kento Takeuchi, who showed Fil-Spaniard Diego Garcia Dalisay the exit door, 6-2, 7-5.

Also winning their first-round assignments were Chinese Taipei’s Lee Kuan-yi, who bested Kazuya Tamura of Japan, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4); Edward Bourchier of Australia who trounced Hsin Lin of Chinese Taipei, 7-5, 6-2; and Taiwanese Kuan-Yi Lee, who edged Japan’s Kasuya Tamura, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4).





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