Top seed Kevin Cudiamat and Adamson’s Mika Aquino went through some anxious moments but pulled through just the same to advance in their respective divisions in the 2016 Bingo Bonanza National Open Badminton Tournament at the CW Home Depot Ortigas in Pasig on Tuesday.
Cudiamat groped for form in the early going but picked up the pace in the next two sets which he dominated on his way to a 23-25, 21-10, 21-13 victory over HP2’s JC Clarito for a spot in the third round of the men’s Open singles of the P1.5 million event sponsored by the country’s premier gaming and amusement center Bingo Bonanza.
The PBA Smash Pilipinas ace, who lost the crown to absentee Mark Alcala last year, will next face Cris Sanchez of Team Prima/UST, who also fought back from an opening set setback to repulse Niel Pineda, 16-21, 21-17, 21-18, for a berth in the quarterfinal round of the country’s premier badminton championship sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association headed by president Jejomar Binay and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez.
Aquino also needed an extra set to get past Ateneo’s Angela Ramos, 21-13, 15-21, 21-10, in women’s singles, underscoring the level playing field in the top-ranking tournament featuring members of the national team and pool and a host of rising stars from the collegiate and club ranks.
In other men’s singles results, fourth ranked Orlan Ticala of Team Prima overpowered Michael Saragena, 21-12, 21-14; Ateneo’s Carlo Remo bundled out Michael Clemente, 21-19, 21-10; No. 6 Solomon Padiz Jr. stopped Keoni Asuncion, 21-18, 21-16; wild card Christian Cuyno of National U eased out Jason Vanzuela, 21-13, 21-14; and Edwin Dodds of Letran/Calamba scored a walkover win over No. 7 Emilio Mangubat Jr.
Danica Bolos, one of Makisig Badminton mainstays, also fought back from a set down then wore down Clydel Pada of Adamson in a pulsating decider to eke out a 18-21, 21-15, 21-19 victory while Jellene de Vera of PBA Smash Pilipinas won by default over Cassandra Lim in the two other women’s singles matches.
Meanwhile, action in the mixed doubles, men’s and women’s doubles fires off today (Wednesday) with top seeds Alvin Morada and Alyssa Leonardo of PBA Smash Pilipinas taking on Marco Santiaguel and Gwyneth Desacola of Amahit Badminton at 10 a.m. and No. 2 Minuluan and Aires Montilla of National U/Team Prima/DLSU clashing with PBA Smash Pilipinas’ Nestor Tapales and Alyssa Geverjuan at 11:20 a.m. in the mixed doubles.
UP’s Gelita Castilo and Eleanor Inlayo, on the other hand, collide with Ateneo’s Bianca Carlos and Chanelle Lunod in a featured encounter in women’s doubles that also pits Danica Bolos and Charmane Salvador of Makisig Badminton against Jellene de Vera and Susmita Ramos of PBA Smash Pilipinas.
Team Prima/DLSU’s Jerickson Oba-ob and Niel Pineda face Adamson’s Joshua Antonio and Elben Concha while UP’s Paul Gonzalez and Wilson Lopez square off with Aldrin Paclibare and Gelo Zerna of Adamson in two of the tough matches in men’s doubles.