Jewel Albo, Ros Pedrosa, Mika de Guzman and Jaja Andres are looking to qualify for the main draw at the Asian Badminton Championships to be hosted by the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Team Philippines will kick off their campaign at the 2022 SMART Badminton Asian Championships at Muntinlupa Sports Complex on Tuesday, April 26.

Betting local Jewel Albo will face China’s Lei Lan Xi and Hong Kong’s Chan Yin Chak in Group D in a bid to qualify for the men’s individual tournament proper of this Badminton World Federation Super 1000 tiff.

Meanwhile, Ros Pedrosa will face Brunei’s Adnan Ebrahim and Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Panarin in Group C, with only one player from each group qualifying for the main draw.

Group A will feature Thailand’s Adulrach Namkul and Jordan’s Bahaedeen Ahmad Aishannik, while China’s Weng Hong Yang, Myanmar’s Phone Pyae Naing and Maldives’ Hussein Zayan Shaheed make up Group B.

On the women’s side, Mika de Guzman will face Malaysia’s Myisha Mohd Khairui and Indonesia’s Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi in Group D. Jaja Andres will face Indonesia’s Stephanie Widjaya and Maldives’ Fathirmath Nabaaha Abdul Razzaq in Group B.

Group A consists of Yeung Sum Yee from Hong Kong, Domou Amro from Jordan and Tan Zhing Yi from Malaysia, while Group C includes Siti Nurshuhani from Malaysia, Seo Jin Lee from South Korea and Saloni Samirbhai Mehta from Hong Kong.

“It’s a huge opportunity for us to compete with some of the best players in the world ahead of the Southeast Asian Games,” De Guzman said. “Certainly we will do our best to win and learn from our opponents.”

“We are delighted to be part of this tournament as we have only participated in two local tournaments before,” added Albo.

Defending mixed doubles champion Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping of China will open their title defense against Thailand’s Ruttanapak Oupthong and Chasinee Korepap.

The duo Solomon Padiz and Lea Inlayo and the tandem Alvin Morada and Thea Pomar face Chen Tang Jie and Peck Yen Wei from Malaysia and Chang Tak Ching and Ng Wing Yung from Hong Kong respectively. –