Bernardo, Pantig bow out in Badminton Asia Championships

Christian Bernardo and Paul John Pantig

Last two Filipinos standing Christian Bernardo and Paul John Pantig crashed out in the men’s doubles of the 2022 Badminton Asia Championships Thursday at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

Bernardo and Pantig, who advanced to the Round of 16 via default over South Korean foes, bowed to Malaysian pair Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee, 21-7, 21-12, in only 23 minutes.

The loss meant no Filipinos are already in contention in this prestigious tournament following early exits over the last two days.

Prior to the tournament, the Philippine Badminton Association Inc. said they do not expect much from the Filipino shuttlers, who are in their first international exposure since the pandemic.

But the exposure serves as a training ground for PH athletes bound for the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam next month.

Meanwhile, reigning world champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan fended off the challenge of Indonesia’s Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi, 21-23, 21-9, 21-19, for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Yamaguchi arranges a meeting with Thailands’ Pornpawe Chochuwong, who downed Indonesia’s Putri Kusuma Wardani, 21-12, 21-11.

India’s Pusarla V. Sindhu also booked her place in the quarters with a 21-16, 21-16 triumph over Singapore’s Yue Yann Jasylin Hooi to set up a meeting with world No. 9 He Bing Jao of China, an 18-21, 21-13, 21-13 winner over Japan’s Ohori Aya.

In the men's singles, world No. 52 Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia built on his giant upset the previous day to advance to the quarters with a 21-19, 22-20 victory over Hong Kong's Lee Cheuk Yiu.

Indonesian Jonathan Christie also set up an exciting quarters meeting with reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore following a 21-14, 13-21, 21-19 triumph over Malaysia’s Daren Liew.

Loh, for his part, dumped Japan’s Koki Watanabe, 21-16, 21-6.