Philippines to face Indonesia in men’s quarterfinals of Badminton Asia tourney

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The Philippine men's team will take on top-seed Indonesia in the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Team Championships today. -- BADMINTON ASIA

MOMENTS after Chinese Taipei took down Singapore in the men’s side, the draw for the quarterfinals phase of Badminton Asia Team Championships happened on Thursday at the VIP Lounge of Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

First-time qualifier and host Philippines drew top-seed and Southeast Asian rival Indonesia.

The Philippines ended as Group C runner-up, while Indonesia emerged as Group A winner after a 4-1 rout of Korea.

Group C winner Chinese Taipei will battle Group D second-placer Japan, while Korea will take on Malaysia, which took the Group B two-tie sweep. India, Group B runner-up, and Thailand wrap up the men’s pairings.

On the women’s side, reigning champion Japan (Group W winner) will face Indonesia, the Group Y runner-up, in the last eight, while Group X top-seed Korea got another Southeast Asian country in Singapore.

The other pairings put Group Z winner Chinese Taipei against Malaysia, and Group Y sweeper Thailand getting Kazakhstan.

The women’s ties are scheduled at 10 a.m., while the men’s matches will start at 4 p.m. in this tournament backed by Smart Communications, Inc., MVP Sports Foundation, Leisure and Resorts World Corporation, Cignal, and TV5.