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Cruz shocks Amistad, gains tennis quarterfinals

/ 10:01 PM December 17, 2012

UNSEEDED Monika Therese Cruz surprised No. 3 Nicole Amistad with a 6-4, 6-1 victory to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the girls’ 16-and-under class of the Philippine Sports Commission-Philta Age-Group Championships yesterday at Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

Cruz broke Amistad once to win the first set, then sustained her form in the next to arrange a Last 8 duel with Ma. Dominique Ong, who subdued Samantha Vilar, 6-0, 6-2.

No. 4 Kim Iglupas scored a walkover win over Samantha Um to join Cruz and Ong in the last eight.

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Jacob Martin and Mico Eala hurdled their first round foes to likewise join the seeded bets in the second round of the boys’ 14-and-under division of the weeklong tournament.

Martin, 11, routed Ryotaro Shimomura, 6-3, 6-3, while Eala blanked Adam Sujica, 6-0, 6-0.

Top seed Cenon Gonzales Jr., No. 2 Emmanuel Vacallares, No. 3 Soheimen Mama, No. 4 Jan Godfrey Seno and No. 5 Justin Prulla drew opening-round byes.

Others who advanced were Li-Yang Thean, Alquin Flores, Daniel Villasenor, Brysl Libao, Emmanuel Balce III, Norlan Gaspar and Mimo Tomacruz.

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