SARAH Joy Barredo and Mark Shelley Alcala pulled off the biggest upset in the Smart National Open Badminton Tournament Friday to gain a semifinal berth at their respective singles event at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
Barredo upset former national player Gelita Castilo of Far Eastern University (FEU) in the elimination round, 21-13, 21-17, and then sustained her giant-killing ways against Hannah Tudtud of FEU in the quarterfinals, 21-6, 21-16, to clinch the women’s singles open semifinals berth.
Barredo, also winner of the recent Sun Cellular-Ming Ramos National Juniors 19-under singles title, will face Allied Victor’s Pauline Marie Tan in the semifinals. Tan defeated Aldreen Rae Concepcion of Philippine juniors’ team in the quarterfinals, 21-12, 17-21, 21-17.
Alcala, for his part, did the ‘unexpected’ by trouncing tournament favorite and tournament’s top seed Antonino Benjamin Gadi in the quarterfinals, 21-18, 17-21, 21-15, to barge in the semifinals and face Ross Leenard Pedrosa, who blanked John Kenneth Monterubio, 21-13, 21-13.
The tournament is supported by the MVP Sports Foundation, PBA, Smart Live More, Sun Cellular, Smash Philippines, Babolat, and powered by forthright events.
The event, which is supported by Smart Telecommunication's Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association (PBA), has been participated by more than 500 players nationwide.
The tournament is also part of the Philippine National Ranking System (PNRS).
Other men’s open singles semifinalists were Team Prima’s Rabbie Jason Oba-ob of national team, who downed Kevin Dalisay, 21-19 21-17, and fellow Team Prima’s Michael Kevin Cudiamat also of national team, who whipped RJ Ormilla, 21-18, 11-21, 21-12.
Former national player Malvinne “Poca” Alcala ripped Samantha Ramos of Golden Shuttlers Foundation in the women’s open singles quarterfinals, 21-11, 21-13, to enter the semifinals and meet Lili Wang of Bingo Bonanza, who bashed Aira Mae Nicole Albo, 21-12, 21-18.
In the men’s doubles open quarterfinals, the No. 1 tandem of Philip Joper Escueta and Ronel Estanislao blanked Wilfred Miguel Deato and Ralph Dominic Santos, 21-16, 21-17, to meet Paul Gerald Gonzales and Prince Joshua Monterubio in the semifinals.
Gonzales and Monterubio trounced Mike Minulan and Sonny Boy Montilla in the quarterfinals, 21-14, 18-21 22-20.
Aries Delos Santos and Gerald Sibayan beat Joaquin Rafael Deato and Vincent Rafael Manuel, 21-11, 21-19, to enter the semifinals and face Peter Gabriel Magnaye and Paul Vivas, who outlasted Patrick Francisco Magnaye and John Edgar Reyes, 21-12, 21-14.