Padiz named top rookie in UAAP Season 82 badminton
The18-year-old Sports Education freshman smashed his way to his UAAP award by winning 13 straight matches in sterling fashion in the Team Tie Preliminary Round, notching seven wins in the men’s singles and six in the men’s doubles category. The 2018 PNG Open badminton gold medalist then handily outsmarted veteran rival Keoni Asuncion of Ateneo de Manila University in Game 2 Finals in straight sets (2-0) 21-9, 21-14 in a win that proved to be pivotal for his team, the NU Bulldogs’ title retention and “six-peat” in the University Athletic Association badminton event. “Thank God for everything, for giving me this new breakthrough,” said Padiz, who played like a Most Valuable Player in the series.
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