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Badminton Asia Team Championships: PH shuttlers bow to Indonesia in men’s quarterfinals

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By Kristel Satumbaga

Indonesia dashed Philippines’ ambitious title hopes goodbye in the Badminton Asia Team Championships 2020 Friday night with a 3-0 drubbing in the men’s quarterfinals at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye (Handout photo)

Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye (Handout photo)

The Indonesians banked on reigning Asian Games champion and world No. 7 Jonatan Christie to deliver the blow with a 21-11, 21-14 victory over Lanz Zafra to secure a semifinal berth.

World No. 5 Anthony Ginting set the tone for the Indonesians with a 21-10, 21-16 thumping of Ros Pedrosa in the first singles match before encountering a brief resistance from the Filipinos in the men’s doubles.

Indonesia's Jonatan Christie (Handout photo)

World No. 7 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia (Handout photo)

Ariel Magnaye and Alvin Morada tried to provide a spark for the local bets with a 7-6 lead before Mohammad Hasan and Hendra Satiawan recovered from a slow start to take the 21-16, 21-12 win.

With the sweep, the remaining doubles and singles matches were not played.

Still, the Filipino shuttlers are thankful for the experience despite the defeat, having played against teams with world-class caliber like the Indonesians.

“Para sa amin, magandang exposure ito para makita kung ano pa ang kailangang i-develop namin,” said Zafra.

Indonesia currently faces India in the Final Four after toppling Thailand, 3-2.

The Indians crawled back from a 0-2 hole after losing the first two singles matches before M.R. Arjun and Dhruv Kapila kept them alive with a 21-18, 22-20 victory over Kittinupong Kedren and Tanupat Viriyangkura.

Lakshya Sen bested Suppanyu Avihingsanon, 21-19, 21-18, before Srikanth Kidambi and Chirag Shetty provided the crucial 21-15, 16-21, 21-15 win over Maneepong Jongjit and Nipitphon Phuangphuaet.

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