Manila Bulletin

Tierro rips PCA ri­val

- By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA

De­fend­ing cham­pion PJ Tierro started his ti­tle-re­ten­tion bid on a bright note by beat­ing qual­i­fier Renz La­p­at­ing, 8-3, in the open­ing round of the 34th Philip­pine Columbian As­so­ci­a­tion (PCA) Open-Ce­buana Lhuil­lier Wild­card Event yesterday at the re­fur­bished PCA clay­courts in Paco, Manila.

De­spite strug­gling early due to the slow sur­face, Tierro needed just 15 min­utes to dis­patch his ri­val.

Up next for Tierro is ei­ther Fran­cis Segumpan or Ken Phillip Pardela. Both Segumpan and Pardela were still play­ing at presstime.

The tour­na­ment is us­ing the su­per tiebreak due to a huge num­ber of par­tic­i­pants. The reg­u­lar three-set for­mat will be used in the Round of 64.

The fi­nal­ists in the men’s sin­gles will earn berths in the main draw of the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion (ITF) Men’s Fu­tures Leg 2 to be held in the same venue, while losers in the semi­fi­nal­sand quar­ter­fi­nals will get tick­ets in the qual­i­fy­ing round of the same event.

Dou­bles cham­pion will also get a slot in the 16-pair main draw.

Mean­time, Fran­cis Edil­bert Al­can­tara, younger brother Davis Cup vet­eran Niño Al­can­tara, de­mol­ished Rodolfo Agna, 8-2, and ad­vanced to the main draw.

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