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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