Thursday, May 28, 2009

Filipino Fortunes Mixed

A day after Mario Tolentino pulled off a king-sized upset win against the world’s No.1 player, Ralf Souquet of Germany, Filipinos had mixed fortunes in the Philippine Open after two days of play.

Antonio Gabica, Asian Games gold medalist, subdued Bin Amir Ibrahim, 9-2, while De Luna ripped fellow Filipino Jestoni Magadia, 9-2.

The two Filipinos joined Tolentino and Pulpul as the only undefeated Pinoy players in the tournament.

In contrast, however, one of the country’s promising players, Jericho Banares, got the early exit door. The reigning national junior champion dropped a 7-9 decisio9n against Toh Lian Han of Singapore. The 19-year-old pride of Cainta failed to secure a win and lost his first two games.

Former Asian snooker champion Marlon Manalo also absorbed a stunning defeat – against Rudi Susanto of Indonesia, 7-9 – in the second round Thursday. With his 1-1 record, he was relegated to the losers’ bracket.

Also sporting a 1-1 record and still alive in the Open are: James Al Ortega (winner over Jason Klatt, 9-5); Alan Cuartero (winner over Bautista, 9-5); Oliver Villafuerte (winner over Resty Labastida, 9-3). Jestoni Magadia (loser to De Luna, 9-2) an Victor Arpilleda (loser to Fisher, 9-7).

Already eliminated are Jerico Banares, Jonas Magpantay, Luis Saberdo, Edgar Acaba, Elvis Calasang, Arnel Bautista, Marvin Tapia and Elmer Kalaquian.

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