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Indonesia boots out Philippines in Badminton Asia Team Championships

Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye tried to carry the fight for the Philippines against powerhouse Indonesia. Badminton Asia

The Philippine men's national badminton squad ended their stint in the Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships 2020 after being eliminated by Indonesia in the quarterfinals, 3-0, Friday evening at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Indonesia, the top seed of the men's group, stamped their class against the hapless host nation, starting off rather quickly with a 21-10, 21-16 win by world no. 5 Anthony Ginting over Ros Pedrosa.

Following up on their victory were the second-best doubles team on the planet, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, who thumped Ariel Magnaye, and Alvin Morada.

Jonatan Christie, the world's seventh-best shuttler, finished off Lanz Zafra in 30 minutes, 21-11, 21-14, to complete the sweep.

Indonesia will face India, which escaped Thailand in a classic tie that went the distance, 3-2.

On the other hand, Malaysia made quick work of Korea, 3-0, and to arrange a showdown against Japan. The Japanese warded off the pesky Taiwanese, 3-1.

Both men's semis will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at the same venue.

Despite the early exit, Filipino tactician Ronel Estanislao sees the stint as a crucial point towards the development of the sport.

"Our next goal is to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. That's what we suggested to our leadership. We shall start the process next year," he told reporters.

Women's play concluded in the early afternoon with four nations left standing after the hostilities.

Behind former women's singles world no. 1 Akane Yamaguchi, Japan found itself advancing to the semis after sweeping Indonesia, 3-0, in the quarterfinals.

Yamaguchi dominated Gregoria Tunjung, 21-9, 21-15, to open the tie on a positive note. In the next match, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota almost needed an hour to conquer Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, 21-19, 21-15.

Sayaka Takahashi then put the finishing touches in a 21-13, 21-14 victory over Ruselli Hartawan.

Meeting Japan is Malaysia, which dispatched Chinese Taipei, 3-1.

On the other hand, Thailand and Korea handed out 3-0 sweeps to Kazakhstan and Singapore, respectively, to face each other for a slot in the championship round.

Semifinals action for the women's division will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the same venue. Livestream will be available on the 5 Plus and ESPN5 Facebook pages.