Fil-German Beauty Blanks Junior Foe

Katharina Lehnert returns a shot during her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Jade Capadocia in the PCA Open yesterday in Paco, Manila. (Albert Garcia)

December 5, 2012, 10:14pm

Combining class and brute strength, Fil-German top seed Katharina Lehnert cruised into the women's quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Jade Capadocia yesterday in the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier in Paco, Manila.

The 18-year-old Lehnert, who is based in Hannover, was simply overpowering, coming through with pin-point shots that left her 14-year-old rival in sheer disgust.

“I still played my usual game,” said Lehnert, whose mother Imelda hails from Rosario, La Union.

Lehnert, who won a $10,000 ITF tournament in Germany this year, will next meet fifth pick Alyssa Labay, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Jazsh Canja.

Eighth pick and 2010 finalist Christine Patrimonio, meanwhile, became the seeded player to fall after yielding to Rachelle De Guzman, 6-3, 6-2.

De Guzman, who blanked Isabella Mendoza, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round, expects to have a rough encounter with No. 4 Aileen Rogan, who posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Kimberly Keethler.

Patrimonio's younger sister Clarice, seeded second, pulled off an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nikki Arandia to arrange a meeting with wildcard bet Toby Miclat, who thrashed Macy Gonzales, 6-1, 6-1.

Seventeen-year-old titleholder Marian Capadocia, who also won the PCA-Kia junior tournament last week, bolstered her title campaign with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Lenelyn Milo.

She will next meet Hannah Espinosa, a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Capadocia's older sister, Jella.

In doubles action, two-time winner and third seed Johnny Arcilla and Patrick John Tierro disposed of Fritz Domingo and Radha Reyes, 6-2, 6-3, to barge into the quarters.

Also making it into the Final 8 are top pick Treat Huey and Randy Villanueva, who scuttled Arnold Rodriguez and Roly Anasta, 6-0, 6-1; and No. 6 Elbert Anasta and Alex Lazaro, who bested Jacob Lagman and Indonesian Abdul Razak, 6-3, 6-4.


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