Manila Bulletin – Capadocia keeps PCA Open Crown

December 9, 2012, 9:19pm

Marian Jade Capadocia recovered from a second-set meltdown to outlast Fil-German top seed Katharina Lehnert, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and retain her women’s crown in the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open presented by Cebuana Lhuillier yesterday in Paco, Manila.

Capadocia, 17, shook off fatigue as she charged back in the deciding set where she recovered from a 1-3 deficit to win the next five games and secure her second straight title.

“Challenging itong match na ito sakin. Naninigas na yung mga paa ko nung second set, pero tinakbo ko lang nung third set,” said Capadocia, who secured her 12th title – both local and abroad.

Capadocia reached the matchpoint, 40-15, but her forehand and drop shots went wide for deuce. But Lehnert committed back-to-back errors to hand Capadocia the victory.

“Matiyaga naman siya, kaso yung ibang mga palo niya masyadong mahahaba kaya nag-a-out,” said Capadocia, who is set to attend college at the Loyola Marymount University in California in September next year.

Capadocia held her serve in the first set, but lost steam in the second frame where she dropped her serve four times while breaking Lehnert's twice to lose a set for the first time in the tournament.

The third-seeded Capadocia beat Monivic Santos, 6-0, 6-1, in the first round; Lenelyn Milo, 6-0, 6-3, in the second round; Hannah Espinosa, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinals; and No. 2 Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-3, in the semis.

Patrimonio, however, will represent the country in the 2013 Australian Open Amateurs instead of Capadocia since Grand Slam rules state that amateur players must be at least 18 years old.

Meanwhile, Francis Casey Alcantara and Ronard Joven pulled off a surprising 6-3, 6-3 victory over top seed Treat Huey and Randy Villanueva late Saturday to capture the men's doubles trophy.

Pairing up for the second time, the seventh-picked Alcantara and Joven remained unfazed against their more fancied rival to also follow up their the first title they last won in 2009.

Lehnert and Fil-Am Toby Miclat pounced on sisters Marian and Jella Capadocia, 6-3, 6-1, to clinch the women's doubles title.

In men's action, Johnny Arcilla survived the four-hour gruelling match with a 7-5, 7-6 (1),0-6, 7-6 (5) victory over Fil-Am Ruben Gonzales to also retain the men's crown.

It was Arcilla's seventh title in the tournament, thus bolstering his hold for the distinction as the winningest male netter in the event.


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