At the 39th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open Tennis Championships, which were held on the PCA indoor shell court in Plaza Dilao, Paco, Manila, on Monday, the top seed Marian Capadocia defeated Chloe Mercado in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-0, to keep her lead in the women’s single competition.

The event was part of the 39th Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open Tennis Championships. Capadocia is competing in this year’s competition with the goal of defending the championship she earned the previous year.

Elbert Anasta of the Philippine Army won the men’s singles match against Diego Dayrit in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-2, to advance to the third round of the competition.

After falling behind 0-2 in the first set, the guy from Negros Occidental who is now 40 years old was able to come back and win it. On his way to a win, he took a lead in the second set that he would eventually ride to victory.

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“As of right now, I am satisfied with the way that I have played today. Anasta, who was defeated by Jed Olivarez in the quarterfinal round in 2019, the last time the event was held before the pandemic, said, “I am in good condition, and maybe, I will perform better this year.” In 2019, the competition was the last time it was held before the pandemic struck.

This year, Anasta and the 2018 PCA Open singles champion Jeson Patrombon have won five of the available six doubles titles.

After defeating Gabriel Tiamson in straight sets of 6-1 and 6-1, No. 5 seed Fritz Verdad also advanced to the following round of the tournament. His opponent, an unseeded man named Jose Maria Pague from Ipil town in Zamboanga Sibugay province, would be his adversary.

Pague, who is 22 years old, won his maiden singles championship two weeks ago in Dumaguete City in the Palawan Pawnshop Open. Together with AJ Alejandro from Cotabato City, he won the doubles championship.

After winning his second-round match against Joshua Kinaadman, who was forced to leave due to leg cramps, the Dunlop-sponsored Pague commented, “I had a tough match today, my opponent played really well especially in the first set.” Kinaadman’s leg cramps caused him to resign from the match. It ended with a score of 5-7, 6-4, and 2-1.

Pague, who has won two more doubles championships, remarked, “I will try my best to perform my best in the next match.” Pague has won two more doubles championships, one with Alejandro and the other with Norman Joseph Enriquez.

In the meantime, Joseph Victorino, a former national player and winner of the PCA Open in 2002, gained a ticket in the second round by completing an upset victory over the No. 7 seed, Leander Lazaro, with scores of 3-6, 7-5, and 6-1.

Other winners in the women’s singles competition included the second seed Janeila Rose Prulla, who defeated Elizabeth Abarquez in straight sets (6-0, 6-3); the third seed Althea Faye Ong, who defeated qualifier Jana Diaz in straight sets (6-2, 6-3); the seventh seed Alexa Joy Milliam, who defeated Sydney Enriquez in straight sets (6-4, 6-4); Miles Vitaliano, who defeated Eliana Misa in straight sets (6-0, 6-2); Joan.

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