The junior players of the Philippine Badminton Association (PBA)-Smash Pilipinas bagged two gold and one silver medals in the 2015 Singapore Youth International Series held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Christian Bernardo and Alvin Morado beat Malaysian Mohamad Jojohanif Saha and Yue Jian Wong, 21-12, 21-11, to capture the boys’ under-19 doubles crown while Alyssa Yasbel Leonardo and Thea Marie Pomar grabbed the country’s second gold medal after outlasting compatriots Joella Geva De Vera and Alyssa Geverjuan 21-14, 21-14 in the c girls’ under-19 finals.
“It was a great achievement for our juniors to capture two gold medals and one silver,” said PBA-Smash Pilipinas Indonesian coach Paulus Firman. “I’m so happy to see that our junior team is improving.”
Leonardo and Pomar scored a come-from-behind 17-21, 21-18, 21-18 win over Thailand’s Natchpapha Chatupornkarnchana and Sanicha Chumnibannakarn in the semifinals.
De Vera and Geverjuan later on crushed Singapore’s Deven Haria Anokhi and Ker Sarah Ko, 21-17 21-12, in the other semifinals to arrange an all-Filipino championship match.
There were 568 players all over the world who competed in the weeklong international tournament sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation.