Philta Open seeds breeze past rivalsBy Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MAR Raphael Teng and Jacob Martin launched their respective bids with victories in two age group divisions over the weekend at the start of the Olivarez-Philta Open tennis championships presented by Palawan Pawnshop Express Pera Padala at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.
Teng posted an easy 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Tim Gumban in the 14-under along with Martin, the sixth seed who won by walkover against Miguel Cerrado.
In the 12-U, top seed Martin blasted John Guanzon, 6-0, 6-0, while second seed Teng drubbed Matthew Garcia, 6-0, 6-1.
Girls’ 16-U favorites Roxanne Resma and Rachelle de Guzman also routed their respective foes. Resma, the top pick, ripped Janna Hernandez, 6-0, 6-1, while No. 2 De Guzman booted out Andie Villarosa, 6-0, 6-1.
Resma will next take on No. 6 Jzash Canja while De Guzman will face No. 8 Khim Iglupas. Canja and Iglupas both won by default.
Resma also firmed up her campaign in the premier 18-U event as she downed Kim Uytico, 6-1, 6-1, to set up a second round encounter with Isabella Mendoza who routed Catherine Po, 6-2, 6-0. Joining her in the next round were Macy Gonzales, Eren Penados, Lenelyn Milo, Maia Balce, Katrina Orteza, Ana Bienes, Harem Bugarin, Canja and De Guzman.
In boys’ 14-U Jerome Romualdez slammed Santino Vistan, 6-0, 6-0, while No. 3 Arthur Pantino thrashed Ambrose Besas, 6-0, 6-0, to make the next round.
Other 14-U winners were fifth seed Chris Prulla over Rodel Velarde, 6-1, 6-4; Vincent Alanis against Thomas Puno, 6-1, 6-1; and Marcus del Rosario versus Al Buharan, 6-1, 6-4.