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PH star Lehnert enters finals in Netherlands tennis tilt

/ 05:32 PM August 23, 2015
 Katharina Lehnert of the Philippines. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA


Katharina Lehnert of the Philippines. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA

Katharina Lehnert scored an upset win over a local bet to barge into the singles finals of the $10,000 Parker Hannifin Open tennis championships Saturday in Oldenzaal, Netherlands.

The 21-year-old Lehnert, the newest toast of PH tennis, drubbed the fourth-seeded Kelly Versteeg, 7-5, 6-4, in the semifinals to arrange a final duel against qualifier Valentini Grammatikopoulou of Greece.

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The Greek turned back Paraguayan Camila Giangerco Campiz, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, in the other semis match. They dispute the title late Sunday in Manila.

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Lehnert, who won bronze in singles and silvers in doubles and team events in the recent Southeast Asian Games, reached the semis with a rousing 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Swiss veteran Patty Schnyner.

Her victory over the 36-year-old former World No. 7 made the Filipino-German from Braunschwieg the favorite in the meet. Schnynder toppled top seed Sandra Zaniewska of Poland (6-2, 6-3) the previous round.

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Ranked 624th in the world after reaching a high of 389th two years ago, Lehnert is looking for her third ITF singles title in her career.

She earlier defeated Janine Hemmes of the Netherlands (6-4, 6-1), and Britt Geukens of Belgium (6-3, 6-3) in the first two rounds.

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