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    Japan badminton ace ends Alcala's dream run in world juniors

    Nov 2, 2012

    MALVINNE Ann Alcala bowed to joint No. 9 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, 14-21, 15-21, and missed the women’s singles quarterfinals of the World Juniors Badminton Championships in Chiba, Japan late Thursday.

    Alcala, at 16 tipped as a future international star, scored a walkover win over Thilini Hendahewa of Sri Lanka in the opener, rallied from a set down to beat Thai Maetenee Phattanaphitoon, 17-21, 21-11, 21-16 in the second round, then shocked joint fifth seed Line Kjaersfeldt in straight sets in the third round.

    Ranged against Kjaersfeldt, the Filipina ace, who ruled the 19-under division in the recent Swiss International Junior Championships, didn’t flinch and pounded out an inspiring 21-19, 21-16 victory to crash into the Last 16.

    But she lost steam against Yamaguchi in the event that gathered the world’s top players in the junior ranks.

    Still, it was an impressive performance by Alcala, whose setback also ended Team Philippines’ campaign in the annual event as the rest of the contingent also fell by the wayside one after the other.

    Joella De Vera and Mark Alcala, Malvinne’s younger brother and winner of the 17-under crown in the Swiss Juniors, actually hurdled their initial matches. De Vera beat Uzbek Dilrabo Ahmedova, 21-7, 21-10, while the younger Alcala repulsed Sinan Zorlu of Turkey, 13-21, 21-13, 21-19.

    But both lost in the second round with, Alcala bowing to Pratul Joshi, 16-21, 8-21, and De Vera succumbing to Flore Vandenhoucke, 16-21, 7-21.

    In other results, John Kenneth Monterubio bowed to Fabian Roth , 16-21, 19-21, Ros Pedrosa lost to Jonathan Dolan, 8-21, 12-21, Marina Caculitan fell to Sun Yu, 2-21, 5-21, and the mixed doubles team of Gerald Sibayan and Kristel Salatan dropped a sorry 21-19, 17-21, 18-21 decision to Andrew D’Souza and Christin Tsai.

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