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Iris and Rena Wang Fall in Second Round of Women’s Doubles at the 2011 World Badminton Championships Capping Event for Team USA

Aug. 09, 2011, 11:14 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

August 9, 2011

 

Iris and Rena Wang Fall in Second Round of Women’s Doubles at the 2011 World Badminton Championships Capping Event for Team USA

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Yesterday, the sister tandem of Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) and Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) provided the lone bright spot for Team USA at the 2011 World Badminton Championships in London, England advancing to the second round in women’s doubles.  They were the only U.S. athletes to advance past the opening round.  Today that bright spot was extinguished as the duo were eliminated from the tournament with a zero games to two loss (11-21 and 17-21) to Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao.  Despite today’s loss, the Wang sisters can be proud of the fact that yesterday’s victory earned them valuable Olympic qualifying points that could prove pivotal in bringing them back to London next year for the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

Overall, the 2011 World Badminton Championships proved a disappointing venture for the USA Badminton Team.  The event, which is being held at historic Wembley Arena in London from August 8-14, 2011 and doubling as the official Olympic test event for badminton for the 2012 Olympic Games, saw the USA Badminton Team go 1 for 6 in competition.  The USA Badminton Team must now re-double their focus on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in hopes that their next visit to Wembley Arena will prove more bountiful.

 

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

 

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.)

 

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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