Lehnert dominant


Manila, Philippines – Fil-German top seed Katharina Lehnert cruised into the women’s quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Jade Capadocia yesterday in the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier in Paco, Manila.

The Hannover-based Lehnert, 18, was too much for her rival four years younger as she moved three wins away from taking the title.

“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 only seeded casualty 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, a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Kimberly Keethler.

Patrimonio’s younger sister Clarice, seeded second here, pulled off an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nikki Arandia to arrange a next 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 clash with 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, 61; and No. 6 Elbert Anasta and Alex Lazaro, who bested Jacob Lagman and Indonesian Abdul Razak, 6-3, 6-4.


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