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Chinese netters wallop foes in Asian 14-U tennis

MANILA, Philippines – Fancied Li Yue Nv and Yan Qian Ting of China overpowered their respective foes in today's rain-drenched opening round to set in motion their title bids in the ITF Asia 14 and Under Development Championships-Division I at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.

Out to improve or surpass her runner-up finish in Week One, the second-seeded Li wasted little time in disposing Indonesia's Aulia Rosma Pramudani, 6-0, 6-0, to advance to the second round where she'll square off with the winner between No. 15 Chen Tzu Hui of Chinese Taipei and Daria Sevchenko of Kazakhstan, who are currently playing as of posting time.

Li, the top seed back in Week One, fell by the wayside against the wiry Week 2 top seed Cao Si Qi, 1-6, 1-6, and should challenge for the crown again in this tournament put up by the International Tennis Federation in cooperation with the Philippine Tennis Association.

The fourth-ranked Yan, for her part, walloped local bet Ma. Dominique Ong, 6-0, 6-1, to likewise advance to the second round where she'll take on the winner between No. 13 Valeriya Popova of Uzbekistan and Yus Syazlin Yusri of Malaysia, also being played as of this posting.

Most of the matches were delayed due to intermittent rains.

Fil-Am Meredith Jones, seeded 11th, was one game away from defeating unseeded Choi Seo In of Korea after leading 6-4, 5-0, but rains forced organizers to halt the match.

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Also leading before the rain delays were No. 3 Pranjala Yadlapalli of India against the Phl's Maia Bernadette Balce, 7-6 (2), 2-1, Rifanty Dwi Kahfiani of Indonesia over No. 16 Jacinta Yuan Sze Chen of Hong Kong, 6-3, 4-2, and Vanshika Swashney of India against Nurin Nabila Roslan of Malaysia, 6-3, 4-1.

Ingrid Mariz Gonzales was also ahead of No. 7 Gozal Ainitdinova of Kazakhstan, 3-0, before their duel was halted.

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