USA Badminton

Howard Bach leads USA Badminton team

July 14, 2009, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two-time U.S. Olympian Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.) continued the form that lead him to the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and lead the USA Badminton Team at the 2009 Yonex/OCBC U.S. Open Badminton Grand Prix Championships, winning gold in men's doubles with Tony Gunawan Orange, Calif.) and gold in mixed doubles with Eva Lee (Orange, Calif.). The event was held at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, Calif.

Bach and Gunawan, the 2005 World Champions in men's doubles, made short order of their opponents throughout the bracket; they defeated Austria's Jurgen Koch and Peter Zauner two games to none in the final (21-12 and 21-9). Bach and Lee also cruised through the mixed doubles bracket and defeated Canada's Alvin Lau and Xuelian Jiang two games to none (21-13 and 21-12)

Three U.S. athletes also won silver medals at the 2009 U.S. Open Mona Santoso in women's singles lost in the final to Canada's Anna Rice (17-21 and 9-21). Ying Chen and Yun "Grace" Peng also fell in the final to Canada's Ruilin Yang and Jiang in women's doubles one game to two (21-14, 15-21, 11-21).

The $80,000 2009 Yonex/OCBC U.S. Open Grand Prix Badminton Championships began July 6 at the Orange County Badminton Club in Orange, Calif. The event featured more than 100 players from over 20 countries.

For complete brackets and results, please visit: http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=EE3E4B3F-1EDD-4ADA-80EB-31422C5D1F3D

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-866-4608. This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at www.usocpressbox.org.

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