Filipino shuttlers Peter Gabriel Magnaye and Paul Jefferson Vivas captured the men’s doubles open title of Swiss International Badminton Championship 2014 Sunday after beating Baptiste Careme and Ronan Labar in the finals at the Centre Sportif Arena in Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland.
Magnaye and Vivas pounded out a 6-11, 11-9, 10-11, 11-6, 11-10 victory in the competition sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
The Filipino pair defeated Germans Raphael Beck and Andreas Heinz, 8-11, 11-10, 11-7, 10-11, 11-4, to reach the final round.
Their win is a great confidence booster as they shoot for a podium finish in 2015 SEA Games.
In the 2013 edition of the long-time partners bowed down to Malaysia’s Shem Goh and Kok Siang Teo, in the first round of competitions in just 25 minutes, in straight sets.
Next year, Magnaye and Vivas will try to end the medal drought for Philippine Badminton in SEA Games.
The last time Philippines won a medal in badminton was in 2013 SEA Games in Vietnam, where Mixed Doubles partners Kennevic Asuncion and Kennie Asuncion took home the bronze.
It is interesting to note that Philippines has never won a gold medal in badminton since we started to join the SEA Games.
Other winners of the Swiss International Badminton Championship 2014 are :
1st – Christie JONATAN (Indonesia)
3rd – Andre Kurniawan TEDJONO (Indonesia)
1st – Hanna RAMADHINI (Indonesia)
2nd – Dinar Dyah AYUSTINE (Indonesia)
2nd – Meiliana JAUHARI & Aprilsasi Putri LEJARSAR VARIELLA (Indonesia)