MARIYA Sevilla of MSI Jr. Team and Dennis Magpantay of Escoses Training Center scored victories to lead the charge of the lesser lights in the Under-19 division of the MVP Sports Foundation-Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) Makati leg on Sunday at Powersmash in Makati City.
Sevilla surprised No. 7 seed Angelica Muyrong, 21-14, 21-17, to barge into the third round opposite Team SRBC Joyce Macawile, a 21-7, 21-13 winner over Denise Francisco.
Earlier, Sevilla disposed of Samantha Santos, 21-8, 21-11, in the first round, while Macawile repulsed Marin Tam, 21-6, 16-21, 22-20.
Top seed and defending champion Bianca Carlos of Golden Shuttle Foundation avoided the string of reversals as he rolled past Paola Bernardo, 21-11, 21-13, to set up a duel with Mikaela Aquino, who trounced Ira Villanueva, 21-9, 21-9,
No. 2 seed Elisha Ongcuangco meanwhile, whipped Jelene Masongsong, 21-8, 21-13.
In men’s Open singles, five-leg champion Toby Gadi, also of GSF, drew an opening-round bye, scored a walkover win over Derek Bondoc then advanced to the fourth round with a 21-11, 21-14 win over Abdel Boac.
No. 2 Paul Vivas defeated Emmanuel Cabalfin, 21-10, 21-10, third seed Patrick Natividad booted out Patrique Magnaye, 21-18, 21-15, No. 4 Kevin Dalisay won 21-7, 21-5 over Vincent Tan, and No. 5 Carlo Tengco held off Lawrence Palomer, 21-18, 21-18.
Also advancing in the girls’ U-19 division are No. 3 Patrisha Malibiran, fourth seed Ma. Victoria Vizmonte, No. 5 Janelle De Vera, No. 6 Cassandra Lim and No. 8 Samantha Ramos, Krizzia Gonzales, Sarah Barredo, Lindsay Tercias, Rae Concepcion, Nicole Nieto, and Amabel Sumabat.
Magpantay battled back from a set down to bundle out fifth seed Lorenzo Yason in a gruelling three-setter, 16-21, 21-12, 25-23, to crash into the fourth round of the boys’ U-19 of the event sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation, and organized by the Philippine Badminton Association.
Second seed Karl Foronda survived Jimbo Flores, 21-23, 21-11, 21-5, to join Magpantay and the other seeded bets in the next round of the big 128-player draw, including No. 1 Justin Natividad, who downed Jerickson Oba-ob, 21-10, 21-14; No. 7 Glenn Remo, No. 3 JC Clarito, No. 10, Joshua Monterubio, and No. 4 Joshua Malelang.
Chanelle Lunod, also of MSI Jr. Team, stunned No. 6 Joyce Mendoza, 21-15, 21-15, to set up a last 16 duel with Sevilla in the girls’ U-15 category. Top seed Carmela Zamora of Team Prima escaped with a 22-20, 21-16 win over Beatrice Felizardo.