The early finalists in the women’s doubles events in the Tan Holdings Open were also crowned champions after surviving their respective foes last week at the TSL Sports Complex.
In the women’s doubles C, Rowena Sison and Nicole Malasarte eased past Tina Lee and Kuen Hee Han in Game 1 of the finals, 21-18, 21-10. It was the eventual champions’ second straight victory over Lee and Han after prevailing in the winner’s bracket semis, 21-12, 21-11. A rematch was set after Lee and Han fought back in the loser’s bracket and won the second and last finals ticket against Patricia Abantao and Mykki Caracut, 21-18, 21-16. In the finals, the undefeated Malasarte and Sison were given a twice-to-beat advantage and left their challengers no chance to extend the title showdown with an early victory.
In the women’s doubles A, the favored tandem of Malou Malasarte and Marlene Peraja also needed only one game to clinch the championship against Loyda Ito and Ana Alvarez, 21-17, 18-21, 21-19. Malasarte and Peraja got the twice-to-beat edge after downing the same pair in the winner’s bracket semis, 21-17, 21-19. Ito and Alvarez then outlasted Lani Bartolome and Toshiko Obata in the loser’s bracket semis, 21-18, 21-15, to finally make it to championship round.
In the women’s doubles C, Jen Savellano and Shirley Kim withstood a tough challenge from Alma Ortega and Dianne Francisco. Savellano and Kim advanced first to the finals, following a 12-21, 21-15, 21-19 win over Francisco and Ortega in the winner’s bracket. Ortega and Francisco notched the second finals seat after eliminating Obata and Windy Fernandez, 21-19, 17-21, 22-20, and forced a deciding Game 2 in the finals after stunning Kim and Savellano in Game 1. However, the niece and aunt tandem regained its bearing in Game 2 to bag the championships.
Meanwhile, four more pairs were named champions in the Tan Holdings Open as the mixed doubles events were also completed last week.
In the mixed doubles B, siblings Janelle and Jordan Pangilinan went undefeated to rule the four-team field. The Pangilinans nailed the championship after slipping past Cris Hilario and Fernandez in Game 1 of the finals, 22-20, 16-20, 21-12. The siblings marched into the finals and got a twice-to-beat advantage after beating Roger Vales and Shirley’s Kim, 21-13, 21-16, while Hilario and Fernandez also won over the latter pair, 20-22, 21-10, 21-16, to advance to the title match.
In the mixed doubles C, Francisco and Deether Edralin clawed their way up to the loser’s bracket to outclass early finalists A.J. Ortega and Nicole Malasarte. The first finalists entered the title game and were awarded a twice-to-beat incentive after earning a 3-0 mark in the preliminary. Edralin and Francisco, who earlier gave up an easy win (forfeiture) to Ortega and Malasarte in the winner’s bracket semis, earned a second crack against the latter after defeating Yang Sang and Sison in the loser’s bracket. The eventual champions went on to top Ortega and Malasarte twice in the finals to steal the title.
Edwin Montoya and Alvarez also won twice in the finals to grab the mixed doubles 40-and-above championship from the then undefeated pair of Joel Ortega and Peraja, while Ferdie Arago and Lani Bartolome closed out the mixed doubles A finals early after hammering Glenn Bluutjens and Alma Ortega in Game 1.