Talatayod, Lazaro score upset wins to reach Andrada Cup quarters
By Jean T. Malanum
MANILA, Jan. 3 (PNA) -- Aljohn Talatayod and Lazaro ousted their respective seeded opponents on Tuesday to lead the quarter-finalists in the boys' 18-under division of the the 28th Andrada Cup Junior Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Talatayod eliminated fourth seed Jeremiah Macias III, 6-0, 6-2, while Lazaro rallied past sixth seed Aidyll Ignacio, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4.
Other matches saw fifth seed Emmanuel Fuellas winning over PJ Quizon, 6-0, 6-2, and seventh pick Jake Martin beating Chester Tiongson, 6-3, 6-0.
In the boys' 16-under division, fifth seed Jan Harold Trillanes rallied past Jerome Ignacio, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5, to arrange a quarterfinal duel with top seed Janus Ringia, who demolished Michael Tullo, 6-0, 6-0. Other winners were No. 3 Jose Antonio Tria over Jeremiah Macias IV, 6-0, 6-0; No. 6 Angelo Aparte over Daniel Estanislao, 6-0, 5-4 (ret.); No. 7 Athan Arejola over Jude Hidalgo, 6-2, 6-2; and No. 8 Jules Lazaro over Rameses Ian Valebia, 6-0, 6-0.
Trillanes, also seeded fifth in the boys' 14-under category, prevailed over Shant Nuguit, 7-5, 7-5, to advance in the quarterfinals against top seed John David Velez, a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Joshua Diva.
Meanwhile, girls' 14-under top seed Macie Carlos stamped her class over Bettina Catoto, 6-0, 6-0, to advance in the semifinal against Justine Maneja, a 7-5, 6-0 winner over Kaye Ann Emana.
Second seed Gaby Zoleta, niece of national players Bien and Bambi Zoleta, scored a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Julia Ignacio to forge a semifinal showdown with Kryshana Brazal, a 6-0, 2-6, 10-7 winner over Mica Ella Emana.
Kaye Ann Emana also booked a semis berth in the 12-under after hacking out a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Alecsa Czarina Ilano. She will meet Marielle Jarata, who won over Sofia Gomez, 6-0, 6-0.
In the unisex 10-under category, top seed Tennielle Madis downed Kean Sebastian Enriquez, 4-0, 4-1; Marielle Jarata conquered Tomas Gabuat, 4-1, 4-0; and Sam Salazar defeated Kidlat Estogero, 4-2, 4-5 (5), 10-6 to reach the semifinals. (PNA)