The national tennis team settled for one silver and two bronze medals in the 2013 Southeast Asian Championships Invitational Tennis Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Filipinos placed second in the team event, losing 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. Thailand earned a ticket to the finals as it overpowered Vietnam, 2-0, in the semis and Singapore, 2-0, in the first.
Filipino-German Katharina Lehnert added one bronze in the women’s singles event, beating 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 a 6-1, 6-4, defeat to Huyng Dai Trang of Vietnam in the quarters.
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. Anna Clarice Patrimonio and Edilyn Balanga lost to Efrilia Herlina and Grende Tami of Indonesia, 6-4, 3-6, 5-10, in the women’s class.
EMIL C. NOGUERA