Team USA Wins Silver at XVIII Pan American Badminton Championships Team Event
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Badminton team captured the silver medal this week at the 2013 Pan American Badminton Championships Team Event in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. With intense and consistent victories in pool play and the elimination draw, Team USA remained undefeated before facing an advanced Canadian team in the finals and eventually fell in four matches.
The USA Badminton Team Event roster includes athletes from around the country who have been traveling internationally in order to gain important ranking points for various tournaments, team events, and eventually the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The USAB roster is as follows:
Ben Hussey (Carol Stream, IL)
Howard Shu (Anaheim, CA)
Phillip Chew (Orange, CA)
Sattawat Pongnairat (Orange, CA)
Eva Lee (Diamond Bar, CA)
Iris Wang (Arcadia, CA)
Jamie Subandhi (Westminster, CA)
Paula Lynn Obanana (West Covina, CA)
Team USA started strong in their pool by dominating Guatemala 5-0, with each member of the team contributing to the win. The mixed doubles pair of Jamie Subandhi and Phillip Chew began the tournament for USA, swiftly defeating the Guatemalans in 21 minutes with a score of 21-15, 21-19. Howard Shu and Iris Wang competed in their favorite events of men’s singles and women’s singles respectively, and Team USA unsurprisingly pushed forward with a 3-0 lead. Ben Hussey and Sattawat Pongnairat proved to be a successful men’s doubles pair, as they challenged Guatemala in three games to win 21-18, 16-21, 21-13. The final match of day one was saved for the experienced women’s pair of Eva Lee and Paula Obanana who overpowered their Guatemalan opponents in two quick games, 21-5, 21-12.
The Americans battled the Domincan Republic home team on the second day and finished pool play undefeated. With a bye in the first round, Peru proved to be an easy opponent in the draw as they struggled through three matches. Chew and Shu started off well by winning 21-18, 21-7 in men’s doubles, while Wang absolutely dominated in the women’s singles event crushing Daniela Zapata of Peru 21-6, 21-4. In men’s singles, Pongnairat made quick work of Peru’s Andres Corpancho, winning 21-16, 21-5.
In the finals, Team USA faced a familiar Canadian team who had also proven themselves in pool play. Although USA earned one point with Pongnairat’s victory in the men’s singles event, the Americans suffered losses in mixed doubles, men’s doubles, and women’s singles. Their efforts were not enough to overcome the Canadians who finished 3-1 against Team USA.
Many Pan American Team Event athletes, including most of the Americans, will stay in Santo Domingo for the next few days in hopes of winning medals at the 2013 Pan American Badminton Championship Individual Events. More information including a full roster and updated scoring will be available at www.teamusa.org/usabadminton.
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