PH netters cop 3 medals in Thailand tilt

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The national tennis team settled for one silver and two bronze medals in the 2013 Southeast Asian Championships–Invita-tional Tournament held at the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT) tennis center in Bangkok, Thailand.

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The Filipinos placed second in the team event as they lost to host Thailand, 1-2, in their best-of-three championship round. The Philippines advanced to the finals by ousting Indonesia, 2-1, in the semifinals and Malaysia in the first round, 2-0, while Thailand earned a ticket to the finals as it overpowered Vietnam, 2-0, in the semifinals and Singapore, 2-0, in the first.

Filipino-German Katharina Lehnert added one bronze in the women’s singles event. Lehnert beat Thandar Thandar Aung of Myanmar, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round and Huynh Phin Khanh of Vietnam, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinals before falling short to Kamonwon Buayam of Thailand, 4-6, 2-6, in the semifinals.

A losing semifinalist gets an automatic bronze medal.

Marian Jade Capadocia failed to reach the medal round after absorbing a 1-6, 4-6, defeat to Huyng Dai Trang of Vietnam in the quarterfinals.

Johnny Arcilla also secured a bronze-medal finish for reaching the semifinals of the men’s singles. Arcilla defeated Mohd Ashaari Zainal Abidin of Malaysia in the first round (6-4, 5-7, 6-4), David Agung Susanto of Indonesia in the second round (7-5, 6-2) and Nguyen Hoang Thien of Vietnam in the quarterfinals (6-2, 6-3) then lost to Kittipong Wachiramanowong of Thailand in the semifinals (6-2, 1-6, 0-6).

In doubles, Filipino-Americans Treat Conrad Huey and Ruben Gonzales bowed to Sunu Wahyu Trijat and Armando Soemarno of Thailand, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-12, in the men’s division while Anna Clarice Patrimonio and Edilyn Balanga succumbed to Efrilia Herlina and Grende Tami of Indonesia, 6-4, 3-6, 5-10, in the women’s class.

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