Pictured: Alvin Morada and Alyssa Yasbel Leonardo, Philippines. Photo credit: Luis Veniegra Photography
The Filipino’s had plenty of reasons to celebrate this morning as two Mixed Doubles pairs got off to a cracking start, including a win over last week’s runners-up in Adelaide (Dejan and Serena). New Zealand’s Leydon-Davis and Pak also continued their good form to secure their first Semi-Final appearance of 2019.
- Oliver Leydon-Davis/Anona Pak (NZL) vs Bowornwatanuwong Phutthaporn/Ririn Amelia (THA/INA) 21-14 21-18
- Peter Gabriel Magnaye/Thea Marie Pomar (PHI) vs Ming Chuen Lim/Yingzi Jiang (AUS) 21-15 21-17
- Alvin Morada/Alyssa Yasbel Leonardo (PHI) vs Dejan Ferdinansyah/Serena Kani (INA) 22-20 21-18
Unfortunately, two withdrawals in the Women’s Singles made it an easy morning for Kisona and Natsuki, who can turn their attentions to this evening’s Semi-Finals.
- Kisona Selvaduray (MAS) vs Yingzi Jiang (AUS) 21-9 11-3 retired
- Natsuki Nidaira (JPN) vs Lee Ying Ying (MAS) 21-19 7-1 Retired
Meanwhile, Lim Chong King continued to cause upsets to the Men’s Singles draw as he went one better against the fourth seed from Hungary. It has only been a month since the players last met at the Hellas Open, but Lim made lighter work of today’s match, winning in two straight games.
- Lim Chong King (MAS) vs Gergely Krausz (HUN) 21-15 21-9
Chinese Taipei’s Chi Yu Jen is looking to double up on his success in Australia as he sets himself up for a second title to accompany his win at the recent Perth International.
- Chi Yu Jen (TPE) vs Chirag Sen (IND) 21-19 21-13
Armoured by the support of the large Filipino-badminton community which resides in Sydney, Magnaye and Morada had the Chinese rattled as they overwhelmed the Chinese opponents over three exciting games.
Armoured by the support of the large Filipino-badminton community in Sydney, Magnaye and Morada had the Chinese rattled as they earned a place in tonight’s Semi-Finals 🏸 Peter Gabriel Magnaye/Alvin Morada (PHI) vs Jin Yi Lun/Tang Yin Zhi (CHN) 12-21 21-16 21-10 Meanwhile, Badminton New Zealand’s Abhinav Manota and Oliver Leydon-Davis keep the dream alive as they take their Quarter-Final match into a third and deciding game ⬇️ Watch the final game on the live stream now ➡️ bit.ly/SydLive19
Posted by Badminton Oceania on Friday, September 20, 2019
Meanwhile, it became the end of the road for New Zealand’s Leydon-Davis and Manota. The pair looked in with a shot of making the Semi-Finals after taking the match to a third game, but they weren’t able to carry the momentum through against the resilient pair from Chinese Taipei.
- Peter Gabriel Magnaye/Alvin Morada (PHI) vs Jin Yi Lun/Tang Yin Zhi (CHN) 12-21 21-16 21-10
- Chen Xin-Yuan/Lin Yu Chieh (TPE) vs Oliver Leydon-Davis/Abnhinav Manota (NZL) 21-11 20-22 21-8
Check out all results from the Quarter-Finals at the Sydney International 2019 on Tournament Software.
The Semi-Finals will be taking place from 4pm local time (GMT + 10) and all matches will be available to watch for free on the live stream, powered by OVO.