WORLD women’s doubles No. 8 Selena Piek and Eejfe Muskens will grace the 13th FDG Cup Badminton Championships opening on Thursday at Power Smash Badminton Center in Makati.
The Dutch stars, coming off a silver medal feat in the European Badminton Championships, will play against Kennevic Asuncion, the first Filipino to qualify for the World Badminton Championships, and Robinsons Land Corp. president Frederick G. Go in exhibition matches at Robinsons Place Manila on Sunday.
The 2014-15 winners of the Dutch National Badminton Championships also turned in a pair of runner-up finishes in the 2015 Canada Open and the Syed Modi International Grand Prix in India.
The FDG Cup has brought to Manila some of the world’s top players the past 12 years, including Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade of Denmark, former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat, Japanese ace Mizuki Fujii, Chinese aces Wang Lin and Wang Xin and Malaysian top doubles players Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan.
Women’s and men’s singles matches kick off hostilities at Powersmash with Aldreen Concepcion clashing with Marinel Diansay, Sam Ramos colliding with Jochelle Alvarez, Ghiselle Bautista battling Meghan Cruz, Maxine de los Santos facing off with Shane Salvador, Princess De Silva squaring off with Marina Caculitan, Therese Tumbali mixing it up with Susmita Ramos and former No. 1 Malvinne Ann Alcala testing the mettle of Jeline Masongsong and former national champion Bianca Carlos trading shots with Luisa Baldos.
Defending men’s singles Open champion Mark Alcala opens his title retention drive against Lawrence Palomer, with No. 2 Kevin Cudiamat tangling with Lanz Zafra.
Spicing up the event is the Invitational division composed of employees and business partners of RLC with an Elite class and six other divisions.
The elims and quarterfinal rounds are slated June 9, 10 and 11 at Power Smash with the semifinals and finals to be played at Midtown Atrium of Robinsons Place Manila on June 12.
The awards rites will be held at Century Park Hotel, also on June 12, starting at 7 p.m. with special celebrity guests Gretchen Ho, Yeng Constantino and Daniel Matsunaga gracing the mall event. Maja Salvador will host the awards rites with Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola as special guest performers.