TOBY Gadi tightened his grip on top of the Philippine National Ranking System table with fellow national player Kevin Michael Cudiamat a distant second after a series of Philippine Badminton Association sanctioned tournaments recently.
Gadi got 21720 to remain the men’s singles No. 1, Cudiamat had 17820 points followed by Rabie Jayson Oba-ob with 16270 and junior standout Ros Leenard Pedrosa with 15000 after the 7th Prima Pasta championship, 2014 Philippine National Games and the 2014 FDG Cup.
Junior player Airah Nicole Albo gained the No. 1 spot in women’s singles ranking with 19350 points, while Pauline Tan was second with 14970 followed by Sarah Joy Barredo with 14720 points.
Philip Joper Escueta and Ronel Estanislao leads the men’s doubles ranking with 22950 points, with Peter Gabriel Magnaye and Paul Vivas second at 18900, and Paul John Pantig and Carlos Cayanan third at 18600.
In women’s doubles, Jessie Francisco and Eleanor Christine Inlayo emerged on top with 21450 points, while Magnaye and Aires Amor Montilla leads the mixed doubles rankings with 23250 points.
The PBA uses a five-leg national ranking system to periodically evaluate the performance of the members of the national training pool.
“They are all good and definitely progressing from time to time,” said Indonesian coach Paulus Firman, who handles the doubles teams.
However, singles coach Fanny Kumala, also of Indonesia, said the team needs a lot of foreign exposure and overseas competitions rather than playing here in the country and the PBA is sending the top players to several tournaments abroad later this year.
“It’s not enough to play here in the country because of the usual limited sparring partner, whom they are very familiar with,” said Kumala. “They need to play overseas against different strong oppositions to improve their level and condition.”