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    Teenager Sarah Joy Barredo shows up top guns, rules Prima Badminton championship

    Mar 4, 2016
    Sarah Joy Barredo, center, poses with Mariya Anghela Sevilla, Joy Capillo and Airah Mae Nicole Albo.

    SARAH Joy Barredo displayed skill and talent far advanced for her age as she captured the women's singles open title of the 9th Prima Badminton Championship at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati on Sunday.

    The reigning FDG Cup women’s open singles champion bucked a sluggish first set performance to outlast national teammate Mariya Anghela Sevilla, 20-22, 21-14, 21-18, to bag the women’s open singles trophy.

    “I didn’t expect I could get another achievement because there are so many talented players in this tournament,” said Barredo, who presently trains at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall as member of the national team.

    “It makes me more inspired to strive harder in the upcoming tournaments. Good way to start my 2016. I’m really glad,” added the 16-year-old, one of the rising stars in Philippine badminton.

    Before reaching the final round, the top-ranked Barredo upset Malvinne 'Poca' Alcala in the quarterfinals (21-14, 18-21, 21-13) and ousted National University’s Jiselle Joy Capillo (21-11, 21-16) in the semifinals.

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    In the men's singles, national player Michael Kevin Cudiamat dethroned Marky Alcala, 21-17, 21-17, in the annual tournament supported by Smart, Boysen Paints, Mabz Builders, Monocrete Construction, Morning Star Milling, ILO Construction, Pioneer Insurance, Promax, Babolat, Vitwater, Regent Foods Corp., and Del Monte Fit N Right.

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    In other singles results, 12-year-old Jewel Albo retained the boy’s under-15 singles crown by scoring a 21-7, 21-16 win over Charles Alcarpio; Anthea Marie Gonzales beat Jochelle Alvarez, 21-15, 21-19, to capture the girls’ under-15 crown; and Janelle Anne Andres rallied past Aldreen Rae Concepcion, 16-21, 24-22, 23-21, to bag the 19-under girls’ singles trophy.

    Emilio Mangubat Jr.won by walkover against John Matthew Bernardo to earn the boys’ singles Under-19 crown, while Mikaela Joy De Guzman outlasted Aldreen Rae Concepcion, 21-9, 21-13, to win the girls’ 17-under singles title.

    Jason Vanzuela whipped Lance Zafra, 21-19, 12-21, 21-14, to win the boys’ 17-under trophy; Rey Pedron blasted Jian Cedric Magtibay, 21-14, 21-16, to earn the boys’ 13-under title; and Zeth Quiambao outlasted Wijel Albo, 21-18, 16-21, 21-16, for the boys’ 13-under title. Rheylyn Angela Pedron beat Ivy Zapanta, 21-14, 21-11, to bag the girls’ under-11 crown; and Angel Valle outlasted Lady Tuario, 21-15, 21-19, to win the girls’ under-13 trophy.

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    Sarah Joy Barredo, center, poses with Mariya Anghela Sevilla, Joy Capillo and Airah Mae Nicole Albo.
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