LOCAL bets Sarah Joy Barredo and Poi Tan look to pull the rug from under top seed Chiang Pei Hsin of Taiwan and No. 2 Asifa Nur Farisma of Indonesia, respectively, in the quarterfinal round of the Open women’s singles of the FDG Cup Open and Invitational badminton tournament on Friday at Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati.
The seventh-ranked Barredo of PBA Smash Pilipinas survived Dia Magno in three then swept Camille Gotohio to arrange a clash with Chiang, who trounced Danica Peligrino and Angela Sevilla last week in the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association and held in honor of Robinsons Land Corp. president Frederick D. Go.
The quarterfinals start at 9 a.m.
The fifth-ranked Tan of Team Allied thwarted Shane Salvador in three sets to seal a clash with Farisma, who downed Kim Jarabelo and Descka Calimlim. PBA Smash Pilipinas member Alyssa Geverjuan faces fancied Chinese Lili Wang in the other quarterfinal match.
National teammates Aldreen Concepcion and Nicole Albo clash, and will face the winner of the Farisma-Tan match.
Top Filipino bet Toby Gadi battles PBA Smash Pilipinas temmate R-Jay Ormilla, with the winner facing the victor of the Dea Adirangga of Indonesia-Mohammad Arif Ab Latif of Malaysia duel in the featured match in the Open men’s singles in the tournament held in partnership with Smart Live More, Smash Pilipinas, the PNRS and Partners Cup with Li-ning as the official shuttlecock.