February 25, 2018, 9:58 am
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Otico, Rivera advance into Phinma Last 8

IN-FORM Bryan Otico knocked off another rival in straight sets while Shaira Rivera sustained her form and stunned No. 4 Wing Ka Lin of Hong Kong as they moved into the quarterfinals of the Phinma-PSC Juniors Tennis Championships Week 2 at the Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park yesterday.

The top-seeded Otico, winner of the PCA Open last week who eased out Japanese Nowa Matsubayashi 6-3, 6-2 last Tuesday, clobbered Malaysian Danial Ahmad Farid 6-2, 6-1 to roll into the quarterfinals against the winner of the Jericho Grollman of the US-Odeda Arazza of Indonesia duel.

Arthur Pantino, runner-up in Week I of the Group 4 International Tennis Federation 18-under event sponsored by the Philippine Investment Management Consultants (Phinma) and Technifiber, also gained a berth in the Last 8 with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Hong Kong’s Marvin Lee. He will next face the victor of the Ryota Ishii of Japan-Shamirul Adam Das of Malaysia clash being played at press time.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals was Taiyo Yamanaka of Japan, who subdued Darrshan Suresh of Malaysia 6-1, 6-3 in the upper half of the 32-player draw of the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.

Rivera upended Wing 6-1, 6-2 as she crashed into Last 8 in the girls’ side that includes No. 2 Punnin Kovapitukted, Lisa Mays of Australia, Chinese Jingyi Li, Elizabeth Stevens of the US and Week I champion American Nicole Hammond.

Kovapitukted toppled China’s Fangran Tian 6-4, 6-1; Mays scored a 6-4, 5-2 (ret.) win over Sakura Kurokawa of Japan; Li, who upset top seed Chang Ting-Pei of Taiwan in the first round, held off Annika Kannan of India 6-3, 6-3; Stevens repulsed Charmaine Yi Seah of Singapore 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-4; and Hammond came away with a 6-0, (ret.) victory over Xuanjin Li of China.
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