TOP seed Chiang Pei Hsin of Taiwan downed joint No. 8 Angela Sevilla of PBA Smash Pilipinas, 21-19, 21-16, while Indonesian second seed Asifa Nur Farisma eased past Descka Calimlim of Meralco, 21-16, 21-12, on Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Open women’s singles in the FDG Cup Open and Invitational badminton tournament at Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati.
Chiang will battle No. 7 Sarah Joy Barredo, also of PBA Smash Pilipinas, who downed Camille Gotohio of La Salle, 21-5, 21-13, in the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association and held in honor of Robinsons Land Corp. president Frederick D. Go.
China’s joint No. 2 Lili Wang defeated Macy Salvador of La Salle, 21-5, 21-7, to advance along with PBA Smash Pilipinas’ Alyssa Geverjuan, who repulsed Virginia Lopez, 21-10, 21-18.
Aldreen Concepcion also reached the last eight by beating Mitzel Buiza, 21-16, 19-21, 21-8; fourth seed Nicole Albo of PBA Smash defeated Janine Peligrino, 21-10, 21-17, and Team Allied’s Poi Tan also advanced with a 21-13. 16-21, 21-14 win over Shane Salvador.
In men’s play, local ace and tournament seventh seed Toby Gadi reached the quarterfinals with a 21-13, 21-5 victory over Neil Pineda.
Joint No. 1 Mohammad Arif Ab Latif of Malaysia clobbered Wilson Lopez, 21-13, 21-11, to also advance, while No. 8 Kevin Cudiamat beat Sean Chan, 21-10, 21-10.
UE’s Kenneth Cruz and Arman Manlalangit, meanwhile, shocked the top-seeded pair of Jinn Ye Tan of Malaysia and Kyle Gosiaco of Ateneo, 21-15, 21-18, to reach the last 16 in the Open men’s doubles. No. 2 Joper Escueta and Ronel Estanislao of the national team whipped Benjamin Abalos and James Ramirez of JC Badminton, 21-2, 21-8, in the tournament held in partnership with Smart Live More, Smash Pilipinas, PNRS and Partners Cup with Li-ning as official shuttlecock.
The event takes a five-day break, with the quarterfinals of the men’s and women’s Open singles, doubles and mixed doubles to be held on Saturday along with the Partners Cup, which features employees and business partners of RLC.
The invitational tournament featuring former world No. 1s Wang Lin and Wang Xin of China, FDG and some of the country’s current and former top players will be held on Sunday.