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Iris and Rena Wang Carry Hopes for Team USA at 2011 World Badminton Championships as they Advance in Women’s Doubles

Aug. 08, 2011, 11:46 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

August 8, 2011

 

Iris and Rena Wang Carry Hopes for Team USA at 2011 World Badminton Championships as they Advance in Women’s Doubles

Opening Day was a Rough Day for the Rest of the USA Badminton Team

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Badminton Team opened competition today at the 2011 World Badminton Championships in London, England.  The event, being held at historic Wembley Arena in London from August 8-14, 2011, is also serving as the official Olympic test event for badminton for the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

The sister tandem of Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) and Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) provided the lone bright spot for Team USA as they easily advanced to the second round in women’s doubles with a two games to none (21-6 and 21-11) victory over Janne Elst and Jelske Snoeck of Belgium.  The Wang sisters will next face Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao of Singapore on Tuesday, August 9th.  Today’s victory earned the Wang sisters valuable Olympic qualifying points for the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

It was a rough day for the rest of the USA Badminton Team as they were all eliminated in today’s first round of competition.

 

Most disappointing for Team USA was the first round exit of the men’s doubles team of Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.) and Tony Gunawan (Los Angeles, Calif.).  Bach and Gunawan dropped their opening match zero games to two (17-21 and 14-21) to Malaysia’s Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Thien How Hoon.  In the current Badminton World Federation rankings, Bach and Gunawan are ranked 17th, while Latif and Hoon are ranked 18th.  Bach and Gunawan were the 2005 World Champions in men’s doubles and are considered America’s best hope for an Olympic medal in 2012.

 

Also representing the United States in men’s doubles at the World Championships were Sameera Gunatileka (Olney, Md.) and Vincent Nguy (Silver Spring, Md.) who fell zero games to two (8-21 and 7-21) to Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder of The Netherlands.  In women’s doubles, the U.S. team of Eva Lee (Orange, Calif.) and Paula Obanana (Mountain View, Calif.) dropped their opening round match zero games to two (9-21 and 18-21) to India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.  In men’s singles, Sattawat Pongnairat (Long Beach, Calif.) lost zero games to two (13-21 and 15-21) to Mathieu Lo Ying Ping of France.  Rena Wang also competed in women’s singles, but dropped her opening round match to Italy’s Agnese Allegrini zero games to two (17-21 and 17-21).

 

Representing the United States of America at the 2011 World Badminton Championships in London, England are:

 

Women’s Team:

Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.); women’s singles and women’s doubles with Iris Wang

Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.); women’s doubles with Rena Wang

Eva Lee (Orange, Calif.); women’s doubles with Obanana

Paula Obanana (Mountain View, Calif.); women’s doubles with Lee

 

Men’s Team:

Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif./Orange, Calif.); men’s doubles with Gunawan

Tony Gunawan (Los Angeles, Calif.); men’s doubles with Bach

Sattawat Pongnairat (Long Beach, Calif.); men’s singles

Sameera Gunatileka (Olney, Md.); men’s doubles with Nguy

Vincent Nguy (Silver Spring, Md.); men’s doubles with Gunatileka

 

Head Coach and Assistant Team Manager:  Andy Chong (Boston, Mass.)

Team Manager:  Dan Cloppas (Monument, Colo.)

 

Cee Ketpura (Orange, Calif.) also qualified for the 2011 World Badminton Championships in women’s singles and mixed doubles with Phillip Chew (Orange, Calif.), but withdrew from the event for personal reasons.

 

For complete brackets and results from 2011 World Badminton Championships please visit:  http://www.badmintonengland.co.uk/splash.asp, the official website of the 2011 World Badminton Championships or http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=5A473015-5184-4374-96B1-998829D1C5BE.

 

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-330-2062.  This press release is also available on the USOC’s media specific website at PRESSBOX.TEAMUSA.ORG.

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