IT’S the end of the line for the young Cebuano upstart Jan Godfrey Seno, who found the well-rested and more experienced opponent and the No. 2 seed Francis Casey Alcantara too tough to handle in the quarterfinal match of the Peugeot Philippines Men’s Open tennis tournament at the Cebu Country Club yesterday.
Seno, who barely had five hours of rest after beating Luke Alquin Flores, 6-1, 6-1, in the Round 3 match yesterday morning, found the well-rested Alcantara too strong in their quarterfinal game in the afternoon.
However, Seno showed a glimpse of excellent tennis as he made life hard for Alcantara in the second set after giving up a 6-1 loss in the opening set.
Seno traded tough shots with one-time Australian Open Boy’s doubles winner and even trailed 5-4 before giving up the second set, 6-4.
The Seno match was actually Alcantara’s first tough match as he drew a bye in the first round then won by walkover on his next assignment Hector Toledano, and was followed by a 6-0, 6-1 win over Franklin Encarnacion.
Alcantara will be facing another Cebuano standout, Israel Abarquez, who is currently working as tennis instructor in Singapore, in the semifinal round today.
The third seed Abarquez, a product of the University of San Jose-Recoletos tennis program, took the semifinal slot yesterday morning after dismissing Claudio Canlas, 6-0, 6-2.
This will be the first time Abarquez will play Alcantara, who he earlier described as a more experienced opponent.
The other semifinal match is between top seed Johnny Arcilla and fifth seed Marcen Angelo Gonzales.
Arcilla dealt with Calvin Canlas a 6-1, 6-1 beating in the quarterfinal round, while Gonzales eliminated University of the Visayas’s Marc Norman Enriquez following a 6-4, 6-4 decision.
In the Women’s side, top seed Hannah Grace Espinosa advanced to the semifinal round after retiring Cebuana netter Floreza Alesna in the second set.
Espinosa had an easy 6-1 win in the opening set and was cruising a 4-1 lead when Alesna retired.
Alesna, however, came off from a tiring 2-6, 6-2, 10-7 decision win.
Espinosa will play fourth seed Macy Gonzales in today’s semifinals. Gonzales earlier eliminated Ingrid Gonzales, 6-3, 6-3, and Kendies Thea Malinis, 6-1, 6-2. Malinis also defeated Cebuana Janna Marie Pages, 6-0, 6-4, in Round 2.
The other Women’s semifinals match is between third seed Erika Manduriao and Maricel Mirabueno.