• Alcalas rule Prima badminton tourney

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    Malvinne Ann Alcala Contributed Photo

    Malvinne Ann Alcala
    Contributed Photo

    Alcala siblings Mark Shelley and Malvinne Ann dominated the 8th Prima Pasta Badminton Open Championship singles category by outlasting their respective finals opponents at the Powersmash Badminton courts in Makati City.

    Mark Shelly banked on great endurance and stamina to outlast national player Ross Leenard Pedrosa in the championship round, 21-16, 23-21, to take home the men’s singles open title of the competition supported by Smart and Babolat.

    The 17-year-old Team Allied Victor standout also captured the boys’ Under-19 singles crown by beating Cayel Pajarillo in the finals, 21-18, 21-17, for his second title.

    Malvinne Ann, on the other hand, whipped Ateneo de Manila University’s Bianca Ysabelle Carlos in the championship round, 21-14, 9-21, 21-17, to clinch the women’s open singles trophy.

    In other results, Jewel Angelo Albo of Babolat rallied past Jason Vanzuela, 19-21, 21-17, 21-11, to capture the boys’ Under-15 singles title while Mikaela Joy de Guzman of Golden Shuttle Foundation defeated Anthea Marie Gonzales of Team JB, 21-9, 21-5, to win the girls’ U-15 singles crown.

    The other winners were Paola Beatriz Bernardo (girls’ U-19), Janelle Anne Andres of Babolat (girls’ U-17), Kyle Legaspi (boys’ U-17), Nestojan Tapales (boys’ U-13), Vianna Meryll Antonio (girls’ U-13), Jian Cedric Magtibay (boys’ U-11) and Althea Princess Hernandez (girls’ U-11).

    The annual badminton event organized by Alex Lim was participated by more than 2000 participants nationwide.

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