BERNARDINE Niño Siso failed to advance to the next round of the Eutiquio M. Bernales Sr. Cup National Men’s Open tennis tournament when he bowed to No. 4 Ralph Barte in the second round yesterday in Bohol.

Barte used his experience to trounce the Cebuano in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, booting him out of contention.

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This was Siso’s first experience in a top tier men’s tournament, which has the country’s top players.

“I have joined local competitions but the players were not of the same caliber as those from this tournament,” said Siso.

Aside from Barte, the rest of the top eight men’s players like Johnny Arcilla and PJ Tierro are in the event.

Siso added that although he lost, the experience made him feel that he has a place in a higher lever tournament.

First round

“I realized that I can fight in the men’s division especially after winning the first round,” said Siso, who expected to go home after his first match.

Yesterday, Siso was able to answer Barte’s shots but the latter’s experience still prevailed.

“I had a fight going in a game but I just couldn’t complete it to take the game,” said Siso.

The teenager is using his loss as a challenge.

“I will train harder. I just need more practice and experience so that the next time, I can advance in two rounds…I want to get better,” said Siso, who is eyeing a men’s open competition in Marawi next.

Siso has been a successful age group player since he started holding a racquet when he was still five years old.

Turning 17 next month, Siso feels it is the right time to move up.

“I decided to join the men’s tournament just now because I feel that this is the perfect timing and I am at the right age,” said the stalwart of University of San Carlos.

Aside from the men’s open, Siso will also be starting his campaign in the 18-Under division.

“I have two years to build up points to top this division. I hope I will earn more points to go up the ranks,” said Siso.