Estanislao, Ormilla pull off Binay GP reversals

Ronel Estanislao and R-Jay Ormilla took out a pair of seeded rivals to barge into the Last 16 of the men’s Open singles while Carlo Remo rolled into the fourth round of the Under-19 class by upending No. 10 John Santos in the VP Binay Grand Prix Badminton Open Championships-PBaRS fourth leg at Powersmash in Makati, Tuesday.
Estanislao, a member of Phl-Victor squad, outsteadied sixth seed Jaime Junio Jr. in a closely fought contest, hacking out a 21-18, 23-21 victory to arrange a fourth round match with Ralph Mendez, who blasted Christian Bandialan, 21-9, 21-10, in the lower half of the draw.
Ormilla also surprised No. 8 Kevin Dalisay with a superb all-around game, scoring a 21-16, 21-18 victory for a clash with Randolph Balatbat, who bundled out Jose Benipayo, 21-14, 21-16, in the upper bracket.
Top ranked Toby Gadi of the Golden Shuttle Foundation sustained his pace and toppled Ian Bautista, 21-17, 21-9, to lead the charge of the other favorites in the P1 million national ranking event co-presented by MVP Sports Foundation and Robinsons Land.
They include second seed Paul Vivas, No. 3 Gabriel Magnaye, fourth ranked Joper Escueta, No. 5 Wilfred Natividad, No. 10 Charlo Tengco, Paolo Sunga, Jason Oba-ob, Sonny Boy Montilla, Wilfredo Amoroso and Andrei Babad.
Vivas overwhelmed Justin Boro, 21-7, 21-6; Magnaye whipped Kit Cajefe, 21-8, 21-10; Escueta saw off Edison Cupcupin, 21-10, 21-13; Natividad won by default over Bryan Chan; Tengco repulsed Abdel Boac, 18-21, 22-20, 21-18; Sunga held off Tonj Takeuchi, 21-7, 21-18; Oba-ob beat John Calbario, 21-17, 21-7; Montilla defeated Roden Rivera, 21-12, 21-13; Amoroso won over Joshua Monterubio, 21-14, 21-17; and Babad thwarted King Espiritu, 21-14, 21-13.
Meanwhile, Remo, who earlier booted out Paul Yabut and Arthur Espiritu in straight sets, dominated the 10th-ranked Santos to complete a 21-9, 21-15 victory for a Last 16 clash with No. 8 Gerald Sibayan, disposed of Lance Bautista, 21-12, 21-13.
Top seed Joper Escueta continued to flash fine form, beating Isaac Leonardo, 21-5, 21-4, to tow the other fancied bets in the P1 million national ranking event co-presented by MVP Sports Foundation and Robinsons Land.
Others who advanced were No. 2 Wilbert Natividad, who beat John Reyes, 21-10, 21-5; third seed Jason Oba-ob, who trounced Clarence Filart, 21-8, 21-11; No. 4 Kevin Cudiamat, who downed Paulo Infante, 21-14, 21-9; No. 7 Karl Foronda, who thwarted Dave Dueves, 21-14, 21-14; and ninth seed JC Clarito, who outplayed Gen Fabro, 21-10, 21-7.
Meanwhile, the leading players in the premier women’s Open singles strut their wares today (Wednesday) with top seed Gelita Castilo taking on Diane Castro at 10 a.m., No. 2 Bianca Carlos squaring off with Janelle de Vera for berths in the quarterfinal round.
Third seed Danica Bolos clashes with Elaine Malelang while No. 4 Grace Lim mixing it up with Pauline Tan even as fancied Malvinne Alcala battles Kim Mayomo, who disposed off Joyce Po, 21-9, 21-17, in one of the three matches played yesterday.
Reyne Calimlim held off Danica San Ignacio, 21-18, 22-20, for a duel with Kristina Tan, while Jennifer Cayetano subdued Isabel Tan, 21-9, 21-18, to set up a showdown with Alizandra Candelaria in the event put up by Vice President and PBA president Jejomar Binay, Rep. Albee Benitez and businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan.
The event, which ranks player according to strength and performance, is backed by media partners The Philippine STAR, TV5, Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT and 103.5 WOW! and TV-5.(pr)

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