BIANCA Carlos and Malvinne Ann Alcala bundled out their respective rivals in emphatic fashion on Tuesday to arrange a semifinal showdown in the girls’ Under-19 singles of the MVP Sports Foundation-Philippine Badminton Ranking System tournament at Robinsons Place Manila.
The top-seed and defending champion Carlos scored a quick 21-16, 21-10 win over young Alyssa Geverjuan and will next take on Alcala, the former Singapore and Australian Junior champion and considered as the country’s best all-around player, who overpowered youthful Shane Salvador, 21-12, 21-8.
Second seed Patrisha Malibiran held off No. 8 Marina Caculitan, 21-18, 21-17, to set up a duel with No. 4 Janelle De Vera, who beat Mariya Sevilla, 21-16, 21-14.
Top seed Clarence Filart downed No. 12 Frell Gabuelo, 21-15, 21-14, to lead the semifinal cast in the boys’ U-19.
No. 4 Joshua Monterubio, a national team mainstay, defeated No. 9 Elijac Boac, 21-13, 21-14; third seed Glenn Remo repulsed No. 10 Kevin Chan, 21-17, 21-17; and No. 6 Mark Alcala booted out second seed Lorenzo Leonardo, 21-18, 21-19.
Geverjuan, the top seed in the U-15 division, toppled Kyle Geronimo, 21-8, 21-18, to seal a semis faceoff with Salvador, who upended No. 7 Meghan Cruz, 21-16, 21-7.
Aldreen Concepcion blasted Alyssa Roxas, 21-14, 21-12, to set up a showdown with Sevilla, who dominated Mikaela de Guzman, 21-14, 21-10, for the other finals berth.
Unranked Akishiete Hilario stunned No. 5 Leon Escobar, 21-14, 21-15, to enter the semis of the boys’ U-15 against No. 3 Jourele Antonio, who disposed of Kyle Legaspi, 21-10, 21-12.
No. 4 Daniel Pantanosas whipped Juan Carlo Nadong, 21-8, 21-12, to set up a semis clash with Joaquin Pangiliinan, who defeated Zedrick Montemayor, 21-13, 21-8, in the nationwide ranking tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association and backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Philippine Sports Commission, and official equipment sponsor Victor exclusively distributed in the country by PCOME Industrial Sales, Inc.