Filipinos get ousted of SMART Badminton Asia qualifying round

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THE main draw of the of both the men's and women's singles events in the Smart Badminton Asia Championships 2022 will commence after the qualification group stages concluded on Tuesday afternoon at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Muntinlupa City.

Weng Hong Yang of China handily won his two qualifying matches in Group B to barge into the tournament proper. He took down Maldives' Hussein Zayan Shaheed, 21-11, 21-9, before sweeping the group with a win over Myanmar's Phone Pyae Naing of Myanmar, 21-13, 21-8. Naing won over Shaheed in the other match, 21-13, 21-8.

Joining him in the main draw is teammate Lei Lan Xi, who swept Group D after defeating Filipino Jewel Angelo Albo of the Philippines, 21-17, 21-15, and Hong Kong's Yin Chak Chan, 21-16, 13-21, 21-11. Chan outplayed Albo in the other contest, 21-8, 21-10.

The last man to qualify was Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Panarin, who survived an early challenge by Filipino veteran Ros Pedrosa, but eventually wrapped up the contest, 21-14, 21-8. The 22-year-old Kazakh earlier defeated Adnan Ebrahim, 21-12, 21-14. Pedrosa clinched the Philippines' first win of the tournament over Ebrahim, 21-19, 21-8.

On the women's side, Indonesians Stephanie Widjaja and Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi topped their respective groups to book their places in the main bracket.

Widjaja swept Group B with wins over hometown bet Jaja Andres, 21-10, 21-8, and Maldives' Fatimath Nabaaha Abdul Razzaq, 21-4, 21-8. Dewi, on the other hand, paced Group D with victories over Mohd Kjairul Miyisha, 21-18, 21-9, and Mikaela De Guzman of the Philippines, 25-23, 21-8.

Tan Zhing Yi of Malaysia also entered the knockouts with her win over Jordan's Domou Amro, 21-8, 21-15, while Lee Seo-jin of South Korea took her two wins over Siti Nurshuhaini of Malaysia, 21-13, 21-17, and Hong Kong's Saloni Samirbhai Mehta, 21-17, 21-17. (JNP)

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