Lehnert falters in Bahrain

Fil-German Katharina Lehnert stumbled in her quest for a first International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles title this year after yielding in the semifinal of the Bahrain ITF Futures in Manama, Bahrain over the weekend.

The fifth-seeded Lehnert, a 2015 Southeast Asian Games medalist, bowed to seventh pick Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, 6-2, 6-4, her second defeat in two years against the same foe.

The PH bet earlier bowed to the 17-year-old Russian netter, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round of the $10,000 Tennis Organisational Cup held last year in Antalya, Turkey.

Lehnert never dropped a set all throughout the $10,000 event with triumphs against Kamila Kerimbayeva of Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-1; Chayenne Ewijk of Netherlands, 6-0, 6-2; and Dutch Rosalie Van Der Hoek, 6-0 (ret), but Kalinskaya was too much to handle.

Still, it was Lehnert’s best performance to date as she currently campaigns to improve her ITF ranking of No. 444.

Meanwhile, former top local junior netter Jeson Patrombon starts his bid in the $25,000 ITF Men’s Circuit in Zhangjiagang, China today when he battles local bet Chen Long in the first qualifying round.

It was Patrombon’s fifth foreign stint including a successful showing at the Asia Oceania Zone Group II tie against Kuwait with the PH team last March where he won his two singles matches.

Source: sports.abs-cbn.com