Philippine tennis team grabs silver, 2 bronzes in Southeast Asian Championships

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The national tennis team settled for one silver and two bronze medals in the 2013 Southeast Asian Championships Invitational Tennis Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand.

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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

 

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