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UP bets pull through in badminton opener

Andrei Babad and Adrian Clemente came away with straight-set victories over their respective rivals as the UP aces rolled into the second round of the 2016 Bingo Bonanza National Open Badminton Tournament at the CW Home Depot Ortigas in Pasig yesterday.

But while Babad dominated Justin Vanzuela of Jumpsmash Academy of Badminton, 21-8, 21-9, Clemente needed to toughen up at endgame to thwart Elben Concha of Adamson, 21-17, 21-19, and advance in the R1.5 million championship sponsored by Bingo Bonanza Corp.

JC Clarito also overpowered AdU’s Johnrick Macabenta, 21-5, 21-7, but the top HP2 bet will have to raise the level of his game as he faces top seed Kevin Cudiamat in today’s (Tuesday) resumption of the week-long top-ranking event sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association headed by president Jejomar Binay and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez

Cudiamat, which lost last year’s crown to absentee Mark Alcala, and fellow seeded bets No. 2 Frell Gabuelo, third ranked Ros Pedrosa, No. 4 Orlan Ticala, fifth seed R-Jay Ormilla and No. 6 Solomon Padiz Jr. all took opening day byes and will see action today.

In other results, Edwin Dodds of Letran Calamba held off National U’s Jervin Carlos, 21-19, 21-15; Team Prima/UST’s Cris Sanchez toppled Adrian Ramos, 21-14, 21-11; Ateneo’s Clarence Filart eased out Team Prima’s Marc Lo; and Keoni Asuncion, also of Ateneo, subdued Marvin Nalangan of Precision Badminton, 21-13, 21-15, in the event organized by EventKing Corp. and backed by Victor PCOME as the official equipment, SM Megamall, Smash Pilipinas and the Philippine Olympic Committee.