Pedrosa and De Guzman win singles titles in badminton tournament
ROS PEDROSA and Mikaela de Guzman picked up contrasting victories to clinch the men’s and women’s singles titles in the MVP Second Badminton Cup recently at the Olympic Badminton Center in Ugong, Pasig City.
The two stalwarts of Smash Pilipinas proved their mettle in the respective finals against their opponents to claim the championship trophies in the tournament supported by Smart, MVP Sports Foundation, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, Leisure and Resorts World Corporation , Metro Pacific Investments , Concrete Stone Corp. and Robinsons Land.
Pedrosa defeated Jewel Angelo Albo in a thrilling three sets as he came back in the one hour and 20 minute duel, 16-21, 21-15, 21-16.
Playing at National University (NU), Pedrosa pointed out that veteran experience and game management were the keys to winning another title after his run at the 2019 Smart National Open.
“I’m still learning in every competition,” Pedrosa said.
De Guzman, meanwhile, held off Jaja Andres, 21-14, 21-17, to win the women’s title.
“At first I prepared mentally for this tournament myself with the help of my national team coaches, and of course coach Kennie Asuncion, because it’s my first time playing again this year. “said De Guzman, of the University Athletic Association. of the Philippines’ 82 season Rookie of the Year, said.
Pedrosa and De Guzman each pocketed 25,000 pesos.
Fellow national team members Thea Pomar and Nicole Albo dominated the women’s doubles as they emerged unscathed against Lea Inlayo and Susmita Ramos of the University of the Philippines, 21-15, 21-8.
NU stars Solomon Padiz Jr. and July Villabrille closed the action-packed three-day tournament with a driving line against veteran internationalist Paul Pantig and new partner Christian Bernardo, 21-13, 19-21, 22-20, in the men’s doubles final.
The Pomar-Albo and Padiz-Villabrille teams won 30,000 and 40,000 pesos respectively.
Anthea Gonzales completed the women’s singles podium with a surprise win over top seed Sarah Barredo. Barredo, who retired in his semi-final match against Andres with a left knee injury.
Rabie Oba-ob defeated Mark Anthony Velasco in the battle for third place in the men’s singles playoffs, 21-13, 21-19.
In doubles, Alvin Morada and James Villarante also picked up a surprise victory over JM Bernardo and Michael Clemente to complete the podium. Jochelle Alvarez and Andrea Hernandez finished third in women’s doubles after beating Althea Fuentespina and Aubrey Masongsong, 21-15, 21-17.
National team head coach Rosman Razak was pleased with the turnout at the tournament, especially as the 31st Southeast Asian Games are approaching in May in Vietnam.
“I think it’s a great tournament for the players because it was so long after their last competition, really happy for the players,” the Malaysian coach said. “Now is the time for them to have a tournament and have a good performance.”