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Shuttlers suffer 3-2 defeat by Philippines at Asian Team C’ships

Singapore's male shuttlers suffered a blow in their hopes to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Badminton Asia Team Championships, following a 3-2 loss to hosts Philippines yesterday.

World No. 37 Loh Kean Yew got the Republic off to a winning start in their Group C encounter, defeating Ros Pedrosa 21-11, 21-8 in 26 minutes.

But the Republic's pairing of Andy Kwek and Loh Kean Hean lost 22-20, 21-19 to Peter Magnaye and Alvin Morada.

Jason Teh won the second match for Singapore by defeating Lanz Zafra 21-14, 23-21.

But the Philippines kept the tie alive by making it 2-2 when Philip Escueta and Paul Pantig edged out Abel Tan and Howin Wong 21-16, 21-16.

Buoyed by the win, the hosts went on to secure victory with Solomon Padiz beating Michael Ng 21-10, 21-19.

Today, Singapore will face Taiwan, who thrashed the Philippines 5-0 on Tuesday.

Only the top two teams qualify for the quarter-finals.

The Republic's women, led by world No. 25 Yeo Jia Min, will also be facing their Taiwanese counterparts today.

Both teams are already through to the quarter-finals following the withdrawal of China, Hong Kong and India due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

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