PH netter Alcantara keeps winning form in China

MANILA — Filipino tennis player Francis Casey Alcantara sustained his winning form on Wednesday to advance in the next round of the singles and doubles categories in the ongoing USD25,000 China F13 Futures tournament sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.

The 25-year-old Alcantara of Cagayan de Oro City marched into the singles quarterfinal round after his Chinese opponent, Zhaoyi Cao retired in the third set with Alcantara leading at 3-0.

Cao won the first set at 6-2 while Alcantara took the second at 7-6 (5).

Alcantara fired seven aces against Cao’s three during their two-hour match at the Ningxia Stadium in Yinchuan province.

Alcantara’s next match will be against Chinese Zhizhen Zhang, who eliminated Alcantara’s doubles partner, Indian Karunuday Singh, 7-5, 6-4.

In the doubles, the third-seeded pair of Alcantara and Singh defeated Taiwanese duo Yu Hsiang Chiu and Kuan-Yi Lee, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the semifinal round.

Alcantara and Singh will be up against top seeds Jui-Chen Hung of Chinese-Taipei and Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul of Thailand, who rallied past Chinese tandem Yuging Ning and Rukai Wang, 4-6, 6-3 (10-7).

The other semifinal match will feature fourth seeds Sora Fukuda and Shintaro Imai of Japan against Chinese Hao Wu and Zihao Xia.

Fukuda and Imai downed compatriots Hiroyasu Ehara and Issei Okamura, 6-4, 6-2, while Wu and Xia stunned second seeds Yungseong Chung of South Korea and Fajing Sun of China, 5-7, 6-2 (10-8). Jean Malanum/