4 pairs play extended matches

Aries Cordero bends for a return during a singles game in Week 3 of the 2014 Shirley’s Badminton Classic at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Aries Cordero bends for a return during a singles game in Week 3 of the 2014 Shirley’s Badminton Classic at the TSL Sports Complex. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Four pairs had a tough day in the office as it took them three games to survive last Sunday’s matches in the 2014 Shirley’s Badminton Classic at the TSL Sports Complex.

In the two men’s A doubles tiffs, Jordan Pangilinan and Ezekiel Macario endured Ferdie Arago and Aries Cordero, 21-16, 20-21, 21-7, while Andreau Galvez and Deether Edralin also labored a 21-20, 17-21, 21-19 victory over Chris Hilario and Jerry Hibi.

In the men’s B doubles, Eric Pena and Alvin Alvarez outclassed A.J. Ortega and Celso Agui, 21-18, 17-21, 21-17. The duo of Annette Ta and Vilma Reyes was the fourth pair to win an extended match, outlasting Merlie Tolentino and Emily Vargas in the women’s 35-and-over doubles, 21-19, 20-21, 21-11.

In the men’s 35-and-over doubles, Roger Vales and Eydie Uy swept Tommy Kim and Edwin Montoya, 21-16, 21-18, while Young Son You and Jongmin Lee handed Ortega and Agui back-to-back losses last Sunday after prevailing in their 8:15pm match, 21-10, 21-14.

The remaining doubles matches last Sunday also ended after only two games. In the women’s B doubles, Dianne Francisco and Alma Ortega downed Nicole Malasarte and Patricia Abantao, 21-13, 21-11, while in the Class C game, Roxe Lazaro and Lani Santos dominated Gwynette and Jenine Florentino, 21-12, 21-18.

Lazaro also played in the women’s C singles last Sunday and worked out a 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 victory over Abantao. The other women’s C singles duel last weekend also resulted in a three-game win for Reyes, who nipped Gigi Zapanta, 14-21, 21-17, 21-20. Windy Fernandez registered the third three-game win in the women’s C singles after beating Rowena Sison, 21-19, 20-21, 21-13.

In the men’s singles, C division, Raphael Zapanta and Jerome Malasarte swept their respective foes. Zapanta won over Ariel Jinang, 21-16, 21-19, while Malasarte topped Jun Kim, 21-12, 21-15. The third men’s C singles tiff did not take place and Jeremi Montenejo was awarded a win via default over Ray Musada.

In the men’s A singles, Edralin triumphed over Hibi, 21-11, 21-20, while Cordero had a similar straight game win against Montoya in B division, 21-15, 21-11.

Meanwhile, only several matches were played last Friday and Saturday, as the tournament gave way to the 2014 NMBA-GNBF Friendly Competition.

Six matches were held last Friday and four of them finished after only two games. Jun Kim and Sato San won over Tae Ho Kim and Tommy Kim in the men’s C doubles, 21-12, 21-15, while Macario and Edralin also took the short way to victory in the men’s B doubles against Pastor Pang and Oh Im Bog, 21-20, 21-14. The pairs of Reyes and Baby Banadera and Julie Lee and Sison posted the two other straight game wins last Friday. Banadera and Reyes defeated Judy Mendieta and Vargas in the women’s C doubles, 21-12, 21-12, while Lee and Sison prevailed over Ta and Elma Labuson in the B division, 21-11, 21-16.

The remaining two doubles matches (C division) last Friday wrapped up after three games with A.J. Ortega and Raphael Zapanta slipping past Patrick Fernandez and Leo Su, 21-16, 19-21, 21-13, and Jun Kim and Sato San outlasting Jinang and Musada, 20-21, 21-18, 21-15.

In last Saturday’s games, only four matches were played. The duos of Pang and Oh and Edralin and Macario won over Jerry Tan and Raphael Zapanta, 21-16, 21-13, and Jojo Savellano and Noli Santos, 21-17, 21-14, respectively, in the men’s B doubles. In the singles, Joel Ortega swept Shintaro in Class B, 21-16, 21-13, while Su hammered Jun Kim in Class C, 21-3, 21-7.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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