USA Wins Team Gold at Pan Am Junior Championships

July 24, 2017, 2:21 p.m. (ET)
USA Wins Pan Am Junior Championship 
 
The United States U19 Badminton Team captured the 2017 Pan Am Junior Team Championship by defeating rival Canada on Sunday, 3-1, in Markham, Ontario, Canada. 

In the championship match, United States picked up the 3-1 victory with wins in Men's and Women's doubles, and Women's singles.

Canada won the initial match up of Brian Yang (Canada) vs. Gokul Kalyanasundaram (USA) in three games, 21-19, 17-21, and 21-13.

Down 0-1, Team USA, drew upon their support of each other to rally.

" (The) whole team is very cohesive and willing to work together, make personal sacrifices, and try new things for the sake of the team," wrote Cindy Yuan in a statement to USAB. "We've eaten almost every meal as a team since arriving, and I think that is a great example of how close-knit we are."

From there, USA rattled off three straight with a straight sets victory from Jennie Gai in Women's Singles, 21-18 and 21-16.

Ricky Liuzhou (son of former Chinese badminton 1993 World Champion Zhou Lei) and Yuteng Wu paired to defeat Mathieu Morneau/Nicolas Nguyen 21-16, 23-21 in 30 minutes.

The Americans closed it out in Women's Doubles as Breanna Chi and Jennie Gai clinched in three sets, 19-21, 21-17, and 21-17 to take gold.

The US team was comprised of eight players: Breanna Chi, Jennie Gai, Gokul Kalyanasundaram, Ricky Liuzhou, Bianca Tam, Yuteng Wu, Cindy Yuan, and Cadmus Yeo. 

America opened the tournament with a 3-0 record in group play. The US combined to go 13-2 record (28-5 games record) in those opening matches as they defeated Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. 
 
Prior to the championship, the United States defeated Peru, 3-0, in the quarterfinals, and Brazil, 3-1, in the semifinals.

USA finished a combined 22-4 (48-12 in games).

It is the fourth time in six years and ninth time overall USA has won the team event in the Pan Am Junior Championships

To watch individual play, go to Badminton Canada

Final results of team play:

1. USA
2. CANADA
3. BRAZIL
4. MEXICO
5. PERU
6. CHILE
7. GUATEMALA
8. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
9. EL SALVADOR
10. HAITI

 

A special thanks to all of our coaches who helped guide the team to victory!