Manila Bulletin – Favorites Romp Past PCA Rivals

Defending champion Johnny Arcilla returns a shot against Alvee Villamor during their second round match in the 31st PCA Open in Paco, Manila. Arcilla won, 6-4, 6-1. (Albert Garcia)

December 3, 2012, 7:03pm

Defending champion Johnny Arcilla and Davis Cuppers Francis Casey Alcantara and Elbert Anasta expectedly advanced to the third round by humbling their little-known rivals in the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open yesterday at the PCA shellcourts in Paco, Manila.

fter a fierce shootout in the first set, the 32-year-old Arcilla went on to score a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alvee Villamor as he pressed his bid for a seventh title in the tournament presented by Cebuana Lhuillier.

Arcilla blamed his early struggle to a left shoulder injury sustained during training a month ago.

Arcilla's win set him up a date with Fil-Italian Marc Reyes, who nailed Leander Lazaro, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Fil-Am Treat Huey likewise jumped into the next phase with a tough 6-1, 7-6 (4) triumph over junior netter Jacob Lagman.

The 27-year-old lefty lost the 11th game of the second set after four deuces before raising his game in the next to frames to arrange a meeting with the winner between Franklin Encarnacion and Ronard Joven.

Fil-German top seed Marc Sieber blanked Gilbert Estrada, 6-0, 6-0, to become the only player here so far who has yet to drop a game. Sieber earlier swept Jarryd Manduriao, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round.

Alcantara, the former PH No. 1 junior player, bested Mark Alcoseba, 6-4, 6-2, to also advance while fourth pick Anasta disposed of Joshua Cano, 6-3, 6-2.

Sisters Marian Jade, Jella Jade and Jade Charito Capacodia defeated their respective foes at the start of the women's singles.

The 17-year-old Marian Jade, the reigning women's champ, clobbered Monivic Santos, 6-0, 6-1; elder sister Jella Jade, 20, outlasted Andrea Amistad, 7-6 (4), 7-5; and younger sister Jade Charito, 14, survived Crizzabelle Paulino, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.


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