Day #1 Pan Am Games

Oct. 16, 2011, 1:35 a.m. (ET)
SPORT RECAPS - OCT. 15 BADMINTON The U.S. Badminton team successfully kicked off Pan American Games competition at the Revolucion Sports Complex in Guadalajara, winning four opening-round matches and setting the stage for an intriguing tournament. Sattawat Pongnairat (Long Beach, Calif.) defeated Valentin Bryan of Puerto Rico, 21-12, 21-12, to kick off Team USA’s Pan Am Games campaign. Pongnairat, the fifth-seeded player in the men’s singles bracket, will face Pedro Yang of Guatemala in the round of the 16 on Sunday (Oct. 16). “Today was a very good match for me,” said Pongnairait. “I tried to play at a high level, focusing on my shots. To win is a good start for me and the U.S. team.” Iris Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) defeated Pamela Saravia of Meixco, 21-11, 21-13, today in opening-round play. She advances to the second round and will face Crystal Leefmans of Surinam. “I happy to advance but I want to eliminate some of the mistakes I made today,” said Wang. “I used this match to get used to the court, the bird and the venue. I feel good and I am looking forward to tomorrow and working toward the finals.” Women’s single division competitor Rena Wang (Arcadia, Calif.) and the mixed doubles pair of Howard Bach (San Francisco, Calif.) and Paula Lynn Obanana (Minneapolis, Minn.) registered wins late in the day to advance in their respective disciplines. Rena Wang, the second seed in the women’s singles draw, dispatched Mislenis Chaviano of Cuba, 21-10, 21-11, and will face Luana Vicente of Brazil in the round of 16. The top-seeded mixed doubles team of Bach and Obanana then soundly defeated Sebastian Teran and Edith Loza of Ecuador, 21-10, 21-5, to keep the U.S team undefeated on the day and set up a second-round match with Nelson Javier and Veronica Vivieca of the Dominican Republic.