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    Shuttlers Carlos, Castilo stay on collision course

    Oct 29, 2012

    GOLDEN Shuttle Foundation’s Bianca Carlos and Gelita Castilo hurdled their respective quarterfinal rivals in contrasting fashions to advance in the women’s Open singles of the MVP Sports Foundation-Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) Makati leg at the Makati Coliseum on Monday.

    Carlos, seeking a repeat of her straight-set victory over top-seeded Castilo in the finals of the meet’s Cebu leg last May, bundled out Katherine Mayono, 21-14, 21-8, to set up a semis duel with a surging Amabel Sumabat of WWGBA.

    Sumabat stunned third seed Bianca Legaspi, 21-8, 19-21, 21-14.

    Castilo, on the other hand, scored a walkover win over Cassandra Lim to arrange a semifinal showdown with No. 4 Danica Bolos, who bundled out Dei Dequilla in the event presented by MVP Sports Foundation.

    The victories by Carlos and Castilo almost overshadowed five-time champion Toby Gadi, who rolled into the semis of the men’s side.

    Gadi posted his third straight-set romp, a 21-8, 21-18 win over No.10 Christopher Flores, as the top GSF bet eased through the semis against No. 4 Kevin Dalisay, who edged Kevin Cudiamat, 21-15, 8-21, 21-12.

    No. 2 Paul Vivas of Phl team-Victor held off Orlan Ticala, 21-7, 22-20, to set up a duel with No. 8 Andrei Babad, also of Phl team-Victor, a 21-13, 21-18 winner over third seed Patrick Natividad.

    Carlos, the 16-year-old old find from St. Paul College Pasig, also moved to the semis of the Under-19 class which she also ruled in Cebu. She toppled No. 8 Samantha Ramos, 21-7, 21-12, to arrange a clash with third seed and fellow GSF mainstays Patrisha Malibiran, who stopped Mariya Sevilla, 23-21, 21-8.

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    Young Aldreen Rae Concepcion of Allied Victor continued to dish out top form, upending the sixth-seeded Lim, 17-21, 21-16, 21-11, in the lower half of the girls’ U-19 draw.

    She arranged a semifinal duel with Sumabat, who shocked second seed Elisha Ongcuangco in the third round, then stunned No. 5 Janelle de Vera, 21-15, 21-9.

    Concepcion, a 13-year-old talent from Angelicum College who bagged the silver in the recent Palarong Pambansa, also shocked top seed Nina Zamora, 18-21, 21-14, 21-14, to likewise reach the U-15 semis of the event.

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