The Philippine men's national badminton team is off to the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships 2020 after receiving some help from Chinese Taipei at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum Thursday evening.
Chinese Taipei won their second tie of the tournament in a come-from-behind victory against Singapore, 4-1, to end atop Group C.
The Philippines occupied the second playoff spot at 1-1 and will face top-seeded Indonesia, while Singapore gets eliminated at 0-2.
A dominant performance from the duo of Lee Yang and Lu Ching Yao against Howin Wong and Aaron Yong in the fourth set, 21-9, 21-7, clinched the win for the Taiwanese. The game ended quickly for them, concluding just 21 minutes in.
Singapore's lone victory came at the expense of World no. 2 Chou Tien Chen, who was upset by World no. 37 Loh Kean Yew, 21-16, 21-17.
After the shock defeat, Chinese Taipei came alive and scored four straight wins to come out unscathed.
The first doubles match of the tie went in favor of Liao Min Chun and Su Ming Chen, beating Andy Kwek and Kean Loh 21-18, 21-15.
Wang Tzu Wei followed suit with a win over Jason Teh, 21-15, 21-11.
Hsueh Hsuan Yi closed the tie on a positive note by defeating Wei Hong Lee, 21-18, 21-16.
Other countries that made the cut were Indonesia and Korea from Group A, Malaysia and India from Group B, and Thailand and Japan from Group D.
In women's play, Japan had to endure an upset of former World no. 1 Akane Yamaguchi to beat feisty Malaysia, 3-2.
Thailand and Singapore also won in similar fashion, edging Indonesia and Singapore, respectively.
Japan and Malaysia, which won Group W, are off to the quarterfinals after finishing in the top 2 of Group W; while Korea and Kazakhstan did the same feat in Group X.
Thailand and Indonesia, meanwhile, advance after clinching the spots in Group Y. Chinese Taipei and Singapore emerged as the representatives from Group Z.
The host country did not qualify after coming home winless in two ties.
To complete the men's quarterfinals, Thailand will meet India, Korea will fight Malaysia, while Japan will match up with Chinese Taipei in knockout fashion.
On the other hand, Japan will have a showdown with Indonesia in the women's quarters, while Chinese Taipei faces Malaysia. Kazakhstan will be paired against Thailand, and Singapore will battle Korea.
Playoff action will commence Friday starting at 10 a.m. for the distaff division, while men's action will begin at 4 p.m. in the same venue.