Philippines' men improve to 1-1 at Badminton Asia Team Championships

The Philippines' men's national badminton team scored a breakthrough 3-2 victory over Singapore on the second day of the 2020 Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum Wednesday.

Solomon Padiz' Jr. clinched the tie for the hosts after getting by Darrion Michael Ng in the winner-take-all fifth match, 21-10, 21-19.

Loh Kean Yew drew first blood against Ros Pedrosa to take a 1-0 lead in the first match.

The tandem of Peter Magnaye and Alvin Morada managed to seize the Philippines' first match victory of the tourney, a 22-20, 21-19 decision over Andy Kwek and Loh.

Singapore then retook the lead in the tie, 2-1, after a close win by Jason Teh over Lanz Zafra, 21-14, 23-21.

Now staring at elimination, the duo of Joper Escueta and Paul Pantig rallied to gain a 21-16, 21-16 win against Abel Tan and Howin Wong to knot the tie at two matches apiece.

The Philippines ended their stint in Group C with a 1-1 record. Singapore dropped to 0-1.

A ticket to the quarterfinals this Friday could be clinched by the Philippines if Chinese Taipei beats Singapore in their face-off Thursday at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Philippines' women's team was not as lucky as they bowed out of contention after a 5-0 loss to Indonesia.

Airah Albo started off the set on a positive note, taking a 21-19 victory over Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. However, Tunjung responded swiftly with a 21-11 win in the second set and blew the Filipina out, 21-9, in the clincher.

In the next match, the tandem of Alyssa Leonardo and Thea Pomar could not get the job done as they lost, 21-18, 21-12.

Bianca Carlos put up a fight before succumbing the tie against Ruselli Hartawan, 21-10, 21-18, to put the Philippines away for good.

Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti and Ribka Sugiarto, meanwhile, made quick work of Joella De Vera and Chanelle Lunod in the fourth match, 21-7, 21-8, in a faceoff that lasted for 23 minutes.

Sarah Barredo closed the Filipinas' stint in the continental meet with a 21-19, 21-14 loss against Putri Kusuma Wardani.

In other games, Malaysia blanked Kazakhstan in men's action, 5-0, while Indonesia and Korea in Group A are still fighting as of press time. Thailand came out victorious against Japan, 3-0, but have still not played their last two matches.

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