Suarez survives tough opener, Eala seeks second title

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 20, 2018 03:09 PM
Suarez survives tough opener, Eala seeks second title
Filipino bet Justin Suarez advanced in the second round of boys play in the Phinma-PSC International Junior Tennis Championships Week 2.

Filipino netter Justin Suarez touched off his campaign with a hard-fought escape of Hon Chun Lee of Hong Kong, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, Tuesday at the start of the Phinma-PSC International Junior Tennis Championships Week 2 at the Manila Polo Club.

The 18-year-old Suarez, who made the semifinals in doubles last year along with Arthur Craig Pantino, arranged a second-round duel against sixth seed Lo Yi-jui of Chinese Taipei, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Switzerland’s Jean Marc Malkowski.

Nine other Filipinos are competing in the main draw of the tournament sponsored by Philippine Tennis Association, Philippine Sports Commission, Phinma and Tecnifibre.

Still seeing action in the boys singles opening round were top junior campaigners Matthew Garcia, Nio Tria, Vince EJ Tugade, Marcus de Rosario, Jude Miguel Hidalgo and Aljon Talatayod.

But local boys Norman Gaspar and Marc Nicole Suson didn’t make it to the next round after losing to fourth seed Kokoro Isomura of Japan (6-2, 6-1) and second seed Tom Evans of Australia (7-5, 6-0), respectively.

Last week’s girls singles champion Alex Eala will banner the 12-man girls contingent on Wednesday.

The 13-year-old Eala will battle Yuna Kadowaki of Japan in the first round, hoping to complete a back-to-back run in the ITF Grade 4 meet.

Among the Filipinas playing in the girls singles are Carlyn Bless Guarde, Althea Fay Ong, Melanie Faye Dizon, Nina Marie Sandejas, Amanda Zoleta, Maria Patricia Lim, Macie Carlos and Alexa Joy Milliam.

Boys top seed Fumiya Yoshino of Japan advanced after a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Prachaya Baibong of Thailand, Marvin Mang Lee of Hong Kong ousted Majoli Maggioli of Thailand, 6-1, 6-1, Zsombor Velcz of Hungary booted out Tanapatt Hirundorn of Thailand, 6-3, 6-1, and Paton Hanchaikul of Thailand downed Noritaka Koizumi of Japan, 6-3, 6-4.


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