OKBET XPRESS | Anasta And Pague Both Secured Spots In The Quarterfinals Of The PCA Open

Anasta | Pague – Elbert Anasta of the Philippine Army showed tremendous composure under pressure to advance to the quarterfinals of the men’s singles competition in the 39th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

The competition took place on the PCA indoor shell court in Plaza Dilao, Paco, Manila.

In a match that lasted two hours and twenty minutes, the fourth-seeded Anasta defeated the unseeded Alexa Acabo by scores of 2-6, 6-4, and 7-6. (2).

Anasta remarked, following the arduous competition, that her opponent had “actually played well in the first set, he overpowered me.”

Anasta was able to prevail in the second set, but Acabo managed to come back and win the third set when it went to a tiebreak.

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“I was able to make some adjustments to my play. When I observed that he was not striking the ball with the same level of force, my self-assurance began to grow “According to Anasta, his next opponent would be whoever emerges victorious from the match between the fifth seed Ronard Joven and the ninth seed Muthu Aashitiya Senthilkumar of India.

Unseeded player Jose Maria Pague also advanced to the next round after he defeated No. 6 seed Fritz Verdad in three sets with scores of 1-6, 7-5, and 6-4.

The soft-spoken footballer from Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay province shared his thoughts by saying, “I did not expect to win but I am delighted I won.”

Pague won his first singles championship two weeks ago at the Palawan Pawnshop Open in Dumaguete City. This was Pague’s first tournament win overall. In doubles competition, he and AJ Alejandro from Cotabato City were victorious.

Pague, who owns two additional doubles titles, one with Alejandro and the other one with Norman Joseph Enriquez, remarked, “Hopefully, I can continue my winning form.” Pague now holds both of these titles.

Pague will compete against the victor of the match between the third-seeded Jed Olivarez and the unseeded Spanish player Guillermo Olaso. Olaso is a professional player from Spain who has been coaching in Singapore for the past seven years. Pague will face the victor of this match.

Both the top seed and the defending champion, Johnny Arcilla, as well as the second seed, Jeson Patrombon, were successful in overcoming the obstacles in their individual bouts.

Arcilla defeated Norman Enriquez in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal match against Joseph Victorino, a former national player. Victorino overcame the No. 14 seed, John Renest Sonsona, in straight sets of 6-3 and 6-4.

Patrombon, who won the doubles competition at the 2019 Manila Southeast Asian Games, defeated Heinz Asian Carbonilla in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-2, to move on to the next round and face the No. 8 seed, Jose Antonio Tria.

Tria, who is only 20 years old and is currently a first-year student at Ateneo de Manila University majoring in Legal Management, defeated qualifier Jude Michael Padao by a score of 6-1 and 6-3.

In the women’s singles competition, the defending champion, Marian Capadocia, defeated Annika Diwa in straight sets (7-6, 6-0), advancing her to face unseeded Kayle Emana, who prevailed over Kryshanna Brazal in straight sets (6-2, 6-0).

In other matches, Makeliah Nepomuceno of the United States defeated Angeline Alcala at No. 8 with a score of 6-4 and 6-2. Alexa Joy Milliam of the Philippines defeated Mikaela Vicencio with a score of 6-1 and 6-1, and Justine Hannah Maneja of the United States defeated Joana Tan with a score of 6-4 and 6-4.

The winner of the men’s singles competition will get a cash prize of PHP200,000, and the winner of the women’s singles competition will receive PHP100,000. The champions of the doubles competition will get PHP70,000 (men’s) and PHP35,000 (women’s) in prize money.

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