FANCIED Malvinne Ann Alcala and Janelle De Vera bundled out their respective rivals to cruise into the quarterfinal round of the girls’ Under-19 class in the PBA-Victor Ming Ramos Youth Cup Badminton Championships at the PSC Badminton Hall at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex on Saturday.
The top-seeded Alcala disposed of joint No. 4 Janine Peligrino, 21-12, 21-15, to set up a duel with giant-killer Maridel Rivera, who booted out joint fourth seed Aldreen Conception earlier then hurdled Alyssia Rubio, 21-15, 21-9.
De Vera, of Whackers BA, foiled joint No. 4 Mariya Sevilla, 21-17, 21-12, to seal a showdown with national juniors team mainstay Alyssa Geverjuan, who dominated Grezel Alcuitas, 21-11, 21-12, in the annual event put up by Philippine Badminton Association honorary chair and former First Lady Amelita 'Ming” Ramos.
Also moving into the Last 8 phase are No. 3 Mary Ann Marañon of Whackers BA, who stopped Terence Pomar, 21-16, 21-16; joint No. 4 Airah Albo of Phl Juniors, who smothered Mikaela Aquino, 21-13, 21-15; joint No. 4 Michal Duquilla, who beat Monica Rivera, 21-9, 21-10; and Sarah Bernardo, also of Phl Jrs, who ousted Christine Varias, 21-9, 21-6.
Mark Alcala posted his third straight lopsided win in the boys’ U-19 singles, blasting Fidel Manegdeg, 21-5, 21-6, to arrange a quarterfinal duel with fellow national juniors mainstay and joint No. 5 Ros Pedrosa, who survived Frell Gabuelo, 25-23, 21-17.
Team Prima’s Sean Chan shocked joint second seed Lorenzo Yason, 21-9, 21-8, to move into the quarters against Lorenzo Leonardo of Allied Victor UP, who defeated joint No. 5 Wilson Lopez, 21-12, 21-13, while Jojo Malelang, also of Allied Victor UP, eased out joint second seed Paolo Santos, 9-21, 21-13, 21-11, to set a clash with teammate Jon Masongsong, who saw off Joshua Antonio, 21-10, 21-19.
Joint No. 2 Carlo Remo of Escoses Training Camp held off CK Clemente, 22-20, 20-14, to advance to the quarters against joint No. 5 Joshua Monterubio of Phl Jrs, who trounced Gareth Dizer, 21-16, 21-7, in the event backed by Victor, exclusively distributed by PCOME Industrial Sales Inc.