As expected, all the top-seeded shuttlers advanced to the final day of the 2018 SMART National Open Badminton Tournament.
Well, all but one.
Top-ranked male shuttler in the country today, Lanz Zafra, was eliminated in the quarterfinals round of the men’s singles division, Friday at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati City.
Zafra of Smash Pilipinas was eliminated by UP Fighting Maroon JM Bernardo, 14-21, 19-21, in a match that took 40 minutes. Bernardo takes on Rabie Oba-ob in the semis.
Over in the other bracket of the tournament, second-ranked Solomon Padiz takes on third-seed Ros Pedrosa.
In the women’s division, top-ranked Filipina Sarah Barredo cruised to the finals, dominating the first three rounds without dropping a set. The NU Lady Bulldog faces unranked player Mia Manguilimotan.
Second seed Nicole Albo was eliminated in just the second round by rising star Mikaela de Guzman, who will take on third-seed Jochelle Alvarez in the knockout semis.
In the men’s doubles division, all four duos of the national team made it. Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada will take on Mike Minuluan and Alem Palmares, while Christian Bernardo and Anton Cayanan will face Joper Escueta and Paul Pantig.
For the distaff’s side, top tandem Alyssa Leonardo and Thea Pomar will look to avert an upset as they face ex-UST Tigress Patricia Barredo and Descka Calimlim. The team of Kanna Baba and Mariya Sevilla and the pair of Mikaela de Guzman and Samantha Ramos figure in the other bracket.
In the mixed double’s tourney, Alvin Morada and Alyssa Leonardo will meet Jerickson Oba-ob and Mariya Sevilla, while Christian Bernardo and UAAP MVP Chanelle Lunod takes on Ariel Magnaye and Thea Pomar.
The tournament is backed by SMART Communications, MVP Sports Foundation, BaliPure, SMASH Pilipinas, Victor PCome Industrial Sales, J.Co Donuts, Prima Pasta, and Forthright Events & Sports Management Inc.,
The semifinals, finals, and awarding ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 17 at the Ayala Malls, South Park in Alabang.
Philippines continues rise in FIBA 3X3 rankings as Pasig, Taylor Statham move up as well
Enjoying 3×3, Balanga import Travis Franklin vows to return
Pasig duo Taylor Statham, Joshua Munzon not surprised by World Tour outing
After surprise run in Doha Masters, Chooks 3×3 looks to join more FIBA tourneys
Taane Samuel leaves La Salle, signs with NZ club
Des Cheng has opposing crowds right where she wants them
DLSU Lady Spikers look to scrap for wins the rest of the way, says Ramil De Jesus
Unsure of return for next season, Kat Tolentino making most of breakout year
Ed Daquioag stars this time as Rain or Shine blasts Magnolia for 2-0 lead
UST Golden Tigresses stay in range of twice-to-beat advantage, dump FEU
NU Lady Bulldogs end UP’s Final Four hopes
Peter Quiel zaps UP as FEU Tamaraws inch closer to twice-to-beat
- ADMU5 days ago
Cignal-Ateneo limits McDavid to just 31 points — lowest D-League output ever
- 3x3 Basketball5 days ago
Troy Rike has few qualms after not making Pasig’s final lineup
- Basketball4 days ago
Jerwin Gaco left disgusted after McDavid’s 75-point loss: ‘Ngayon lang ako natambakan ng ganun’
- Basketball4 days ago
2-time CESAFI MVP Rey Suerte to go one and done for UE Red Warriors