FORMER Philippine top netter Marian Jade Capadocia and Austrian partner Anna-Lena Neuwirth fell short in their bid in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Circuit US$15,000 Amstelveen event in The Netherlands, losing in the semifinals against Emily Arbuthnot of Britain and Australian Belinda Woolcock.
The tandem of Capadocia and Neuwirth absorbed a 6-1, 6-3 defeat after marching to the semifinals via walkover.
Earlier, the two unranked player in the main draw pulled off a stunning 6-0, 3-6, 10-3 win against the German tandem of Dominique Heinrichs and Jennifer Wacker to move to the quarterfinals opposite Stephanie Mariel Petit of Argentina and Ana Sofia Sanchez of Mexico.
“Nakakahinayang, pero ganoon po talaga. Okey lang po may mga susunod pa naman pong circuit event,” said Capadocia, a two-time Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) Open champion and former no.1 Filipina player, who earned 8 points or equivalent 2,400 local points in ITF doubles ranking.
In the 64-man main draw in the singles competition of the event, the 21-year old Arellano University mainstay managed to draw attention as she reach round three with two contrasting victories.
The veteran Southeast Asian Games campaigner easily disposed off hometown bet Sopphia Grippo, 6-2, 6-0, before beating the tough Neuwirth, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3.
Capadocia, who was also backed by Dunlop and coach by her farther Joe, succumbed to Meritxell Perera Ros of Spain, 7-5, 6-3, in their third round encounter.
For her effort, Capadocia earned 6 ITF points or equivalent to 1,800 in local ranking.
“Hindi pa rin po nawawala ang pag-asa ko na maipagpatuloy ang kampanya ko sa international circuit hanggat may mga taong tumutulong at naniniwala sa kakayahan ko,” said the pride of San Jose, Antique in her Facebook account.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez, shouldered Capadocia’s allowances and training expenses after the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) dropped her from the national team roster despite her current stature as the country’s best women tennis player.