Eala, Zoleta sizzle in Phinma-PSC Int’l Juniors Championships
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 14, 2018 04:51 PM
Alex Eala returns a forehand shot against Chinese Taipei rival Hsuan Huang in their opening round encounter.
The Philippines’ most promising tennis talents Alex Eala and Amanda Gabrielle Zoleta barreled through the second round of girls singles Wednesday in the Phinma-PSC International Juniors Championships Week 1 at the Manila Polo Club in Makati.
The 14-year-old Eala spearheaded the local girls’ campaign with an easy 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Hsuan Huang of Chinese Taipei in this tough ITF Grade 4 tournament sponsored by the Philippine Tennis Association, Phinma, Philippine Sports Commission and Tecnifibre.
Immediately after, wild card Zoleta stunned Skia Kung of Chinese Taipei, 6-2, 6-2, to book a place in the next round.
Their victory followed up the rousing start of the Filipino boys led by last year’s Week 2 champion in singles Arthur Craig Pantino.
Seeded second here, Pantino clobbered Japan’s Ryotaro Koshiba, 6-0, 6-2 during Tuesday’s first round in boys singles.
Pantino tagged along compatriots Justin Suarez, Matthew Garcia and Aljon Talatayod to the next round of the tourney played on clay indoor courts.
Suarez crushed Jerail Yasin of Indonesia, 6-2, 6-2; Garcia defeated Kun Liu of Chinese Taipei, 6-4, 6-2; while Talatayod outlasted Chen Yan-cheng also of Chinese Taipei, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5.
Top seed in boys singles, Mann Shah of India also got through, trouble-free, to the second round after a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Japan’s Noritaka Koizumi.
Unfortunately, seven other Filipino boys fell on the wayside with Sebastien Lhuillier losing to Jean Marc Malkowski of Switzerland (6-2, 6-1), Loucas Julian Fernandez falling to Lo Yi-jui of Chinese Taipei (2-6, 6-4, 6-2), Marcus de Rosario yielding to Kokoro Isomura of Japan (6-4, 6-3).
Jose Antonio Tria also lost to Hungarian fifth seed Zsombor Velcz (6-4, 6-3), Vince EJ Tugade dropped to Thai Patom Hanchaikul (6-2, 6-0), Jude Miguel Hidalgo bowed to Lin Nan-hsun of Chinese Taipei (6-0, 6-0), and Mark Nicole Suson fell to Corban Crowther of New Zealand (6-4, 7-6 (3).