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Arcilla, Patrombon reach semis



Johnny Arcilla and Jeson Patrombon toppled their respective rivals in straight-sets and advanced to the semifinal round of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Brookside Hills Open Tennis Championships yesterday at the Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Cainta, Rizal.

The top-seeded Arcilla, 38, kept his run of lopsided results with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Rodolfo Barquin to arrange a Final Four showdown with third ranked Vicente Anasta, who held off Dheo Talatayod, 6-3, 6-4, in their quarters duel.

Arcilla earlier disposed of Renest Sonsona, 6-2, 6-2, then eased past Chat Conta, 6-1, 6-0, while Anasta downed Norman Gaspar, 6-1, 6-4, then thwarted Joseph Arcilla, 6-2, 7-6(4).

No. 2 Patrombon, on the other hand, clobbered Anthony Alcoseba, 6-0, 6-1, to advance to the lower half of the elite 32-player draw in the weeklong event put up by Palawan Pawnshop and backed by Asiatraders Corp., distributor of Slazenger/Dunlop as official ball.

The 25-year-old Patrombon earlier scored a walkover win over John Sanga but needed an extra set to frustrate Dave Mosqueda, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.

“The semis cast couldn’t get any better, guaranteeing another thriller of a title showdown among the best of the lot, which should further inspire our young players, especially those competing in the PPS-PEPP age-group,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.