TOP SEED Fil-German Katharina Lehnert and defending champion Marian Jade Capadocia scored straight-set semifinal wins on Saturday to set up a title showdown in the Philippine Columbian Association Open tennis championships.
World No. 445 Lehnert eased past Rachelle De Guzman, 6-1, 6-0, while Capadocia downed former Philippine No. 1 Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-4, in the tournament presented by Cebuana Lhuillier.
“It's going to be tough playing against Marian but I can rest after the quick match today,” said Lehnert.
Capadocia revealed she had some pain in her back and shoulders entering the match but the 5-foot-1 netter managed to overcome the 5-foot-8 Patrimonio.
The 17-year-old Capadocia is looking to become the first back-to-back PCA Open women's singles champion since Czarina Arevalo won two straight from 2002.
Lehnert-Capadocia title match is set Sunday afternoon, just before the men’s final featuring six-time champion Johnny Arcilla and Fil-Am Davis Cup hotshot Ruben Gonzales.
In the men’s doubles title match of the tournament also sponsored by Kia, Dunlop, Head, Babolat, Whirlpool, PCSO and PVL Restaurants, Philippine No. 1 Treat Huey and former Philippine No. 1 junior player Randy Villanueva battle former champions Francis Casey Alcantara and Ronard Joven, while Marian Jade Capadocia and elder sister Jella Jade take on Lehnert and Toby Miclat in the women’s doubles final.
Jean Henri Lhuillier and Indonesia’s Andrian Raturandang face Mike Misa and Randy Vale for the pro-am crown.
Arcilla and Clarice Patrimonio are already assured of slots in the Kia Amateur Australian Open next year.