Bianca Carlos and Malvinne Ann Alcala bundled out their respective rivals in emphatic fashions to arrange a keenly awaited semifinal showdown in the girls’ Under-19 singles of the MVP Sports Foundation-Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) tournament at Robinsons Place Manila on Tuesday.
The top-seeded Carlos notched her third straight-win in row with a 21-16, 21-10 romp over young Alyssa Geverjuan to reach the Final Four of the event she dominated last year although the Golden Shuttle Foundation standout will be facing a highly-touted rival who missed the action the last time out for a return stint in the finals.
Alcala, the former Singapore and Australian Junior champion and considered as the country’s best all-around player, overpowered youthful Shane Salvador, 21-12, 21-8, to serve notice of her bid for one of two crowns in the event serving as the eighth leg of the nationwide ranking tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association.
Second seed Patrisha Malibiran, also of GSF, held off No. 8 Marina Caculitan of Woodrose School, 21-18, 21-17, to set up a duel with No. 4 Janelle De Vera of Whackers Badminton Academy, who ended Mariya Sevilla’s giant-killing run with a 21-16, 21-14 victory in the other quarters clash in the six-day event.
Top seed Clarence Filart of GSF eased out No. 12 Frell Gabuelo, 21-15, 21-14, to lead the semifinals cast in the boys’ U-19 that includes No. 4 Joshua Monterubio, third seed Glenn Remo and No. 6 Mark Shelley Alcala.