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.
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.