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    FEU star Gelita Castilo, Singapore youth champ Mark Alcala rule National Open badminton

    Dec 14, 2014
    Gelita Castilo earns the national crown and bags P100,000. 

    GELITA Gelita Castilo came back strong from a second set meltdown and exploited second seed Sarah Barredo’s erratic game to hack out a 21-17, 14-21, 21-19 win and capture the women’s Open singles crown in the P1.5 million Bingo Bonanza National Open badminton tournament on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Center.

    Pre-tournament favorite Mark Alcala, winner of the Singapore Youth International last month, whipped fifth seed R-Jay Ormilla, 21-15, 21-11, to top the men’s Open singles without dropping a set.

    Castilo, from Far Eastern University, nearly blew seven match points as she held on to turn back Barredo in the decider and complete a sweep of the top two seeds after toppling No. 1 Airah Albo, 21-15, 21-15, in the Last 16 stage.

    “I knew it’s going to be tough but I pulled it off,” said Castilo who bagged P100,000 and gained ranking points after the grueling one-hour and 26-minute match.

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    Barredo wound up in second place for the second time this year after losing to Chinese star Wang Lily in the Smart Cup in August.

    "I committed a lot of errors. This is a learning experience for me," said Barredo.

    It was an impressive campaign by the 15-year-old Alcala, who came into the event in high spirits following his victory in Singapore where he bested some of the region’s top players in the Under-17 section.

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    Alcala, who beat No. 6 Kenneth Monterubio, 21-13, 21-15, in the semis, capped his campaign with a 38-minute romp over Ormilla, who bundled out second seed Kevin Cudiamat, 21-19, 21-11, in the quarterfinals.

    Paul Vivas and Christine Inlayo beat Peter Magnaye and Jessie Francisco, 21-13, 21-19, in the mixed doubles finals and pocketed P120,000.

    Vivas and Inlayo beat Ariel delos Santos and Aires Montilla, 21-16, 21-19, in the semifinals. Magnaye and Francisco defeated the top-seeded tandem of Ronel Estanislao and Joella de Vera, 21-8, 18-21, 21-10, in the quarterfinals.

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    Trailing, 3-9, at the start of the decider, Barredo rallied to force a tie at 10 before Castilo regained control again and pulled away, 20-13, in the tournament sponsored by Bingo Bonanza, sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association and organized by EventKing Corp.

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