Garcia shocks Chinese No. 7; Tria, Suarez gain

MANILA, Philippines — Matthew Garcia pulled off a shock 7-5, 6-2 victory over seventh seed Sida Zeng of China while Jose Antonio Tria rolled past Hong Kong’s Kyle Lok Yin Tang, 6-3, 6-2, at the start of the 2017 Phinma-PSC Juniors Tennis Championships Week I at the Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park yesterday.

Garcia, son of former tennis star Dyan Castillejo, survived a tight first set duel with Zeng, saving four set points then sustaining his form to dominate the second frame as he moved into the second round against Ryota Ishii of Japan, who beat Jerall Yasin, 6-1, 6-0.

Tria, on the other hand, overpowered Tang and fashioned out the lopsided win, while Justin Suarez likewise advanced with an emphatic 6-1, 6-0 rout of Man San Chan of Hong Kong in the Group 4 ITF  boys’ 18-and-under championship sponsored by Phinma and sanctioned by Philta.

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