Pinoy badminton duo reaches semis
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 15, 2015 03:47 PM
Estanislao and Escueta face a dangerous Indonesian pair for a spot in the final.
SINGAPORE—Ronel Estanislao and Philip Joper Escueta gave the Philippines a ray of hope for a gold medal in badminton in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
But it won’t be that easy.
The Filipino duo beat Cambodia’s Kanora Nguon and Yong Vannak Teav, 21-8, 21-10, in the quarterfinals on Sunday to reach Monday’s semifinals, where they face a pair ranked five notches below them at No. 73 in the world.
But the problem is their next opponents are Indonesians.
Marcus Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo eliminated the Thai pair of Bodin Issara and Nipitphon Puangpuapech, 14-21, 21-15, 21-11, in the other quarterfinal also the other day to earn the right to face the No. 68 Filipinos.
In case the Filipinos get past the Indonesians in the semifinal set at 5:20 p.m. on Monday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, they would play opposite tougher opponents in the finals set on closing day Tuesday.
The other semifinal pits world-class Indonesians Ricky Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama against Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart, who are expected to go all out in shooting for the gold medal that could help host Singapore in its bid to win the overall championship of the games.