by Clyde Mariano
Diminutive Khim Iglupas ousted Patricia Nicole Paez, 6-2, 6-1, yesterday to inch closer to winning the 18-under girls title of the 25th Andrada Cup tennis tournament at the Rizal Memorial court.
Miguel Luis Vicencio also advanced to the final in the 10 unisex at the expense of Rafael Liangco, 6-0, 6-2.
Like in her previous victories, Iglupas, who beat Guia Arzaga, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals, encountered
little resistance from Paez in their semifinal showdown that lasted less than an hour.
Iglupas will face the winner between second seed Maia Balce and Precian Rivera.
Iglupas, a beautician’s daughter from Iligan, also advanced in the quarterfinals of the 16-under where she will meet Frances Michaela Santiago.
Santiago ousted Katrina Penaglor, 6-0, 6-1.
“I played pretty good,” said the 16-year-old Iglupas who lost to Marian Jade Capadocia during the final of the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open two months ago.
Iglupas is bidding to win her second plum in five months since ruling the ITF junior doubles with Roxanne Resma last August in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, top seed Eric Olivarez Jr. eliminated Emmnauel Vacalares, 6-1, 6-0, to advance to the semis in the boys’ 18-under. He also reached the Final Four in the boys’ 16-under at the expense of Jeremiah Tomacruz, 6-0, 6-1.
Olivarez awaits the winner between Jerome Romualdez and Aidyl Ignacio in the boys’ 16-under.
Third seed Emmanuel Vacalares and John Bryan Casa also entered the semis in the boys’ 16-under. Vacalares ousted fifth ranked Emmanuel Fuellas, 6-3, 6-0; and Casa eliminated Chris Justine Prulla, 7-5, 6-3.
“I gave my best to win. I’m happy I won,” said Olivarez, nephew of Philta president and Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
In the boys’ 14-under, top seed Arthur Craig Pantino ousted Mark Rafael Directo, 6-0, 6-0; Joseph Anida crushed Aldwin Rosales, 6-0, 6-0; and second ranked Jacob Martin dumped Gabriel Tiamson, 6-4, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.
In the girls 12-under semis, Bettina Catoto whipped Julia Ignacio, 6-1, 6-2, and Denise Bernardo dumped Kryshana Brazal, 6-2, 7-6 (0).