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    In-form Mark Alcala adds FDG Cup title to growing collection of badminton trophies

    Jul 12, 2015

    MARK Alcala continued to make his mark as he dominated third seed R-Jay Ormilla, 21-17, 21-17, to capture the men’s Open singles crown in the FDG Cup 2015 Open and Invitational Badminton Championships at Robinsons Place Ermita on Sunday.

    The seventh-ranked Alcala, who ended Japanese Tomoya Takashina’s superb run with a 21-14, 21-19 victory in the semis, sustained his form and overwhelmed Ormilla to add the crown to his twin titles in last week’s Philippine National Games.

    Alcala, an Allied-NVBA mainstay, pocketed P60,000 plus ranking points.

    Ormilla, of PBA-Smash Pilipinas, upset top seed Kevin Cudiamat, 21-10, 22-20, in the other semis duel.

    Top seed Sarah Joy Barredo, also of PBA-Smash Pilipinas, and Allied-NVBA’s Gelita Castilo were disputing the women’s singles title at posting time.

    Spicing up the final day of the four-day competitions, held in honor of longtime badminton patron and Robinsons Land Corp. president Frederick D. Go, was the exhibition match featuring former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat who partnered with Go against London Olympics silver medalist Mizuki Fujii and former Olympian Kennevic Asuncion where the Indonesian and Japanese aces treated the local fans with their world-class shot-making.

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    Meanwhile, top seed Joper Escueta and Ronel Estanislao repulsed No. 3 Carlos Cayanan and John Pantig, 21-14, 25-23, to seal a much-awaited duel with the second-seeded pair of Peter Magnaye and Paul Vivas in a clash of PBA-Smash bets for the men’s doubles crown.

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    The Magnaye-Vivas pair, winner of last year’s Swiss Open, routed Mike Minuluan and Alem Palmares, 21-9, 21-12, to clinch the other finals berth.

    No. 4 Eleanor Inlayo and Alyssa Leonardo of PBA-Smash Pilipinas smothered Joella De Vera and Jessie Francisco, 21-14, 21-14, to arrange a showdown with Aires Montilla and Chinese Lili Wang of La Salle-Team Prima/Bingo Bonanza for the women’s doubles title.

    Montilla and Wang fought back from a set down to topple Patricia Barredo and Thea Pomar in a thriller of a three-setter, 20-22, 22-20, 25-23.

    Earlier, Castilo and Krishnan Yogendran of Allied-NVBA upset joint No. 3 Christian Bernardo and Joella de Vera, 20-22, 21-10, 21-19, while No. 2 Alvin Morada and Alyssa Leonardo of PBA-Smash turned back the other joint third seeded Magnaye and Jessie Francisco, 21-16, 13-21, 21-16, to advance to the finals of the mixed doubles.

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