Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan Win Silver at the Prestigious 2010 Singapore Open Super Series Badminton Tournament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Badminton men’s doubles team of Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.) and Tony Gunawan (Orange, Calif.) continue to impress on the international badminton circuit, most recently with an impressive silver medal performance at the prestigious 2010 Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament in Singapore. A Super Series event is the top classification for an international event on the Badminton World Federation’s tournament circuit drawing the most elite badminton players in the world.
Bach and Gunawan stacked up impressive wins en route to the finals. They kicked off the event defeating the host country’s Yi Liu and Zhao Jiang Terry Yeo two games to none (21-16 and 21-13). Next up they took down India’s Rupesh K.T. Kumar and Sanave Thomas two games to none (21-11 and 21-11). In the quarterfinals, Bach and Gunawan met Thailand’s Songphon Anugritayawon and Sudket Prapakamol. Bach and Gunawan advanced winning two games to one (21-23, 21-19 and 21-18). In the semifinals, Bach and Gunawan defeated Korea’s Sung Hyun Ko and Yeon Seong Yoo two games to none (21-19 and 21-18) to advance to the finals against Chinese Taipei’s Chieh Min Fang and Sheng Mu Lee. In the other semifinal, Fang and Lee played the role of giant killers, defeating the 2008 Olympic Champions from Indonesia, Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan two games to none ( 21-19 and 21-9). Bach and Gunawan put up a good fight in the final, but it was not enough as they fell two games to none (14-21 and 15-21) to the team from Taiwan.
Bach and Gunawan made history when they teamed up in 2005 to win the first-ever World Championship gold medal for the United States of America in the sport of badminton. Their accomplishment put USA Badminton on the map and also earned the two the coveted United States Olympic Committee Team of the Year Award for 2005. What made the moment even sweeter was the fact that they were able to accomplish this feat in the United States as the 2005 World Badminton Championships were held in Anaheim, Calif. at the Arrowhead Pond, just down the road from the Orange County Badminton Club where Bach and Gunawan both train.
With Gunawan, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist for Indonesia in men’s doubles, not expected to receive his U.S. citizenship prior to the 2008 Olympic Games, Bach, a 2004 U.S. Olympian with Kevin Han, teamed with Bob Malaythong following the 2005 season to prepare for the 2008 Olympic campaign. In 2008, Bach again made history, this time with Malaythong as the team became the first USA Badminton athletes ever to reach the quarterfinal round in Olympic competition.
Following the 2008 Olympic Games with Gunawan anticipating becoming a U.S. citizen in 2011, it made for a tempting re-unification for Bach. Testing the waters for much of the 2009 season Bach and Gunawan re-united and found they still had some magic left. Fully committed as a team and currently ranked in the top 10 of the Badminton World Federation rankings, they have their sights set squarely on making more history and becoming the first USA Badminton athletes to stand on the Olympic medal podium at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
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