MB – Anasta stuns Huey, gains semis

Clarice Patrimonio chases a shot against Toby Miclat in their PCA Open quarterfinals yesterday. Patrimonio needed three hours to subdue Miclat, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (Bob Dungo Jr.)

December 6, 2012, 7:37pm

Former Davis Cupper Elbert Anasta relied on his strong serves to shock ATP regular campaigner Treat Huey, 6-4, 7-6 (8), and barge into the men's semifinals of the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier in Paco, Manila.

The 30-year-old Anasta, who played in three ties for the PH Davis Cup team, was consistent with his serves as he fired howitzers that unsettled his veteran in several occasions.

He was also an immovable force at the baseline as he produced sizzling returns to match his previous best finish in the annual tournament that gathered the country’s best netters.

It was a tightly-fought contest with both players mixing their shots well until Anasta broke Huey’s serve in the seventh game of the first set.

Huey, however, refused to give up the fight that easy as he forced a tiebreak in the second set. In the tiebreak, Huey double-faulted to give Anasta a 9-8 lead before the latter came through with a delicate drop shot for the win.

Anasta thus forged a semis meeting with second pick Ruben Gonzales, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Jeson Patrombon.

Top seed Marc Sieber downed junior netter Jurence Mendoza, 6-1, 6-2 to set up the other semis pairing with defending champion Johnny Arcilla, who survived former Cupper Patrick John Tierro, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Meanwhile, reigning women's titlist Marian Jade Capadocia fought off flu-like symptoms to humble unseeded Hannah Espinosa, 6-3, 6-1, to lead the women's semifinalists.

She will face second seed Clarice Patrimonio in the semis after the latter scored a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Fil-American Toby Miclat, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, in a marathon three-hour match.

Fil-German top seed Katharina Lehnert needed less than an hour in ousting fifth seed Alyssa Labay, 6-1, 6-0, to arrange the other semis pairing with unseeded Rachelle De Guzman.

De Guzman stunned No. 4 Aileen Rogan, 6-2, 6-4.


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