Pinoys bow out of Futures Open in second round

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 08, 2015 03:38 PM
Pinoys bow out of Futures Open in second round
Jeson Patrombon and two more Pinoys were shown the exit door in the second round of the PSC-Philta International Menís Futures Open.

Filipino netters were wiped out Thursday when their seeded foes imposed their will in the second round of the PSC-Philta International Men’s Futures Open at Valle Verde Country Club shell courts in Pasig City.

Top seed Enrique Lopez-Perez of Spain trounced Johnny Arcilla 6-0, 6-4, while Japanese third seed Kento Takeuchi turned back Jeson Patrombon, 7-5, 7-5, to move to the quarterfinals of the $15,000 tournament.

Later, Japanese eighth seed Hiromasa Oku downed Francis Casey Alcantara, 6-0, 6-2, to boot out all the host bets in singles.

Ranked 355th in the world, Lopez-Perez used sheer power to speed things up and throw Arcilla off his usual slow-paced game, finishing the lopsided match in just one hour.

The 24-year-old Lopez-Perez will take on 7th seed Hung Jui-Chen of Chinese Taipei, who moved on via 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-1 triumph over Edward Bourchier of Australia.

Earlier, Patrombon, the only world ranked PHI-based Filipino at 1209th, was in the thick of the fight in the first set where he and Takeuchi each broke serves. But the 569th lefty soon found a way to break in the 11th game that turned things around.

The Japanese, who beat Patrombon thrice before, broke again in the 9th game of the second set with impressive service game. Takeuchi won 71 percent of his first serves compared to 68 percent by Patrombon, and converted four of six break point opportunities.

Patrombon fought hard and broke Takeuchi's serves two of the three times it was presented to him, but in the end, Takeuchi brandished the more dominant game with massive forehands and bore into the Filipino’s game.

Takeuchi, who bundled out Fil-Spaniard Diego Garcia-Dalisay in the opening round (6-2, 7-5), will go up against Japanese Issei Okamura who eliminated compatriot Katsuki Nagao, 6-4, 6-4.

Second seed Harry Bourchier of Australia also got through the quarterfinals.

Bourchier defeated Kelsey Stevenson of Canada, 6-4, 6-3, to advance; while Ochi Makoto of Japan drubbed Kunai Anand of India, 6-4, 6-2.

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