The tandem of Rowena Sison and Nicole Malasarte booked the first finals ticket in the women’s doubles C division of the Tan Holdings Open 20013 after it notched twin wins over the weekend at the TSL Sports Complex.
Sison and Malasarte were first paired against Roxe Lazaro and Judy Mendieta last Friday and cruised to a 21-4, 21-10 victory to advance to the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament. In the winner’s bracket semis played last Sunday, Malasarte and Sison were pitted against Tina Lee and Han and gained another two-game win, 21-12, 21-11, to march into the finals. The undefeated pair will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the championship game that will be played this Saturday.
Han and Lee made it to the semifinals after a come-from-behind victory against Patricia Abantao and Mikky Caracut. The Korean duo dropped the opening game, 11-21, but stunned its favored foe after sweeping the last two games, 21-12, 21-19. Despite the loss, Abantao and Caracut remained in contention, as it eliminated Lazaro and Mendieta, 21-16, 21-13, in the loser’s bracket game to earn a second crack at Lee and Han. The winner of the Han and Lee-Abantao and Caracut tiff this Friday will challenge Malasarte and Sison in the finals.
In other results, the pairs of Loyda Ito and Ana Alvarez and Malou Malasarte and Marlene Peraja won their separate first games in similar fashions to set up a duel for the first finals berth in the women’s doubles A. Alvarez and Ito lost to Lani Bartolome and Toshiko Obata in the opening game, 15-21, but stole the win after prevailing in the last two thrilling games, 21-20, 21-20.
Malasarte and Peraja also needed three games to outclass Ana Omori and So Young. The second semifinalists fell in the first game, too, 16-21, before bouncing back in the last two, 21-19, 21-13, to grab the victory.
The first semis match in the women’s doubles A is set for this Friday, along with the rubbermatch between Obata and Bartolome and Omori and Young. The winners of the semis game will gain a twice-to-beat edge in the finals, while the losers with face the victors of the loser’s bracket tiff for the last finals berth.
In the women’s doubles B, the table is set for the semis encounter between the pairs of Jen Savellano and Shirley Kim and Alma Ortega and Dianne Francisco. Savellano and Kim drew a bye in the first round and advanced to the semis following a 21-18, 21-19 win against Obata and Windy Fernandez last Sunday. Ortega and Francisco played in the first round last Friday, downing Marylyn Montano and Ito, 21-15, 21-15, before defeating Lucelle Lampera and Cheng Saturno last Saturday, 21-12, 21-14, to move into the semis.
The winner’s bracket semis in the men’s doubles B is scheduled this Friday. In the loser’s bracket, Obata and Fernandez, who won their opening game against Cristy Villaflor and Lani Santos, 21-13, 21-16, will collide against Montano and Ito. Ito and Montano kept their finals bid alive after ousting Caracut and Havikka Farro, 21-11, 21-13. Farro and Caracut earlier bowed to Lampera and Cheng, who will face the winner of the Obata/Fernandez and Montano/Ito make-or-break tiff for the right to challenge the losers in the winner’s bracket semis.