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Magnaye, Morada duo moves to SMART National Open QF

The Southeast Games-bound pair of Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada continued their impressive run, reaching the quarterfinals of the 2019 SMART National Badminton Open Men’s Doubles, Wednesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

The two former National University standouts needed just 28 minutes to take care of Keoni Asuncion and Carlo Remo, 21-16, 21-10 to start off the afternoon session.

The top-seeds will face the fifth-seeds JC Clarito and Jyason Oba-ob in the last eight round on Thursday.

In men’s singles, two-seeds Ros Pedrosa and Lyrden Laborte keep hold of their opposite halves of the draw going into the quarterfinals. Pedrosa swept David Linaban at 21-10, 21-14, while Laborte dominated Christian Tortoles at 21-13, 21-12.

Sarah Barredo and Jochelle Alvarez also move to the women’s singles quarterfinals after taking down Samantha Ramos and Trisha Ponce, respectively.

Barredo waylaid Ramos in two games at 21-15, 25-11; meanwhile, Alvarez crushed Ponce also in two frames with 21-16, 21-9.

Thea Pomar bagged two wins in the afternoon with Alyssa Leonardo and Magnaye in the women’s and mixed doubles, respectively.

Pomar teamed up with Leonardo in carving a rousing win over Lizette Dela Cueva and Jhay Anne Macabenta at 21-6, 21-5.

The former NU Lady Bulldog and Magnaye then made quick work of Siegfred Malabanan and Angelika Paz, 21-12, 21-11.

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