Badminton: Pinoys overmatched, as Indonesia advances in Asia-Manila tilt


Posted at Feb 14 2020 07:58 PM

Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada in doubles action against Indonesia in the 2020 Smart Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships on Friday. Handout

Reigning Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie redeemed himself after a group phase loss, leading top-ranked Indonesia to a 3-0 sweep of the Philippines and into the semifinals of the 2020 Smart Badminton Asia Manila Team Championships on Friday.

Christie, ranked No. 7 in the world, fended off Lanz Zafra, 21-11, 21-14 at Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.

World no. 5 Anthony Ginting put the reigning champions on the board with a sweep of Ros Pedrosa, 21-10, 21-16, in the first singles match.

Despite the loss, Zafra was thankful for the experience playing against such world-class athletes.

"OK kasi ngayon nagkakaroon ng maraming tournaments para sa 'min, nakakapag-expose sa mga laro naman at 'yung kailangan pa naming i-develop sa laro," Zafra said.

The Philippines' Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada provided the challenge in the opening frame of the doubles match after leading 7-6. Mohammad Hasan and Hendra Satiawan regrouped, though, and took the frame at 21-16.

The Indonesians then buckled down to work and dominated the second set 21-12 for the insurmountable 2-0 advantage.

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