Phl finishes 2nd in Sudirman Cup Level 4

The Philippines settled for runner-up finish in Level 4 of the Sudirman Cup 2011
World Mixed Team Championships, bowing to Sri Lanka, 1-4, in Qingdao, China
recently.
Malvinne Ann Alcala and Gelita Castilo outsteadied Achini Rathnasiri and
Samanthika Weerasinghe, 21-19, 17-21, 26-24, in 53 minutes to deliver the lone
point for Team Phl in the five-match showdown between the group’s top two teams.
Earlier, the mixed doubles pair of Peter Magnaye and Alcala dropped a sorry
18-21, 19-21 decision to Edirimuni Perera and Weerasinghe, while Antonino Gadi
succumbled to veteran Niluka Karunarathna, 12-21, 17-21, in men’s singles.
Bianca Carlos, winner of three titles in the inaugural Philippine Badminton
Ranking System (PBaRS) tournament back home, likewise fell short of her bid and
bowed to Rathnasiri, 11-21, 13-21, while the men’s doubles pair of Magnaye and
Paul Vivas lost to Karunarathna and Edirimuni Karunararhna, 20-22, 17-21.
The Philippines came away with two shutout wins and a cliffhanger as it set up a
clash with Sri Lanka for the top honors in Level 4 with the Filipino shuttlers,
whose campaign is sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association, routing
Seychelles and Israel with 5-0 victories before nipping Iceland, 3-2.PR

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