Andrei Babad and Adrian Clemente came away with straight-set vic-tories over their respective rivals as the UP aces rolled into the second round of the 2016 Bingo Bonanza Natio-nal Open Badminton Tour-nament at the CW Home Depot Ortigas in Pasig yesterday.
But while Babad domi-nated Justin Vanzuela of Jumpsmash Academy of Badminton, 21-8, 21-9, Clemente needed to toughen up at endgame to thwart Elben Concha of Adamson, 21-17, 21-19, and advance in the P1.5 million championship spon-sored by Bingo Bonanza Corp.
JC Clarito also overpo-wered AdU’s Johnrick Macabenta, 21-5, 21-7, but the top HP2 bet will have to raise the level of his game as he faces top seed Kevin Cudiamat in Tues-day resumption of the week-long top-ranking event sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association headed by president Jejomar Binay and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez
Cudiamat, which lost last year’s crown to ab-sentee Mark Alcala, and fellow seeded bets No. 2 Frell Gabuelo, third ranked Ros Pedrosa, No. 4 Orlan Ticala, fifth seed R-Jay Ormilla and No. 6 Solomon Padiz Jr. all took opening day byes and will see action today.
In other results, Edwin Dodds of Letran Calamba held off National U’s Jervin Carlos, 21-19, 21-15; Team Prima/UST’s Cris Sanchez toppled Adrian Ramos, 21-14, 21-11; Ateneo’s Cla-rence Filart eased out Team Prima’s Marc Lo; and Keoni Asuncion, also of Ateneo, subdued Marvin Nalangan of Precision Badminton, 21-13, 21-15, in the event organized by EventKing Corp. and backed by Victor PCOME as the official equipment, SM Megamall, Smash Pilipinas and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
Meanwhile, Angela Ramos and Mika Aquino open the women’s Open singles as they collide at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Danica Bolos testing Clydel Pada’s mettle at 11:20 a.m. and Cassandra Lim facing Jellene de Vera at 1:20 p.m.
Defending champion Sarah Joy Barredo heads the 32-player draw with the PBA Smash Pilipinas mainstay clashing with Adamson’s Jhay Macabenta at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday while second seed Mariya Sevilla slugging it out with former Singapore Juniors champion Malvinne Alcala at 2 p.m..