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    Unheralded bets steal MVP badminton limelight

    Oct 28, 2012

    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.

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    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.

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