Americans, Momota Dominate in YONEX/K&D Graphics International Series

Aug. 08, 2017, 4:16 p.m. (ET)

(Photo Courtesy of Geoffrey Knott)

Members of Team USA put on a clinic at last week’s 2017 Yonex/K&D Graphics International Series with victories in Women’s Singles (WS), Men’s Doubles (MD), and Women’s Doubles (WD) competition at the Orange County Badminton Club (OCBC) in Orange, California.

16-year old Jamie Hsu’s dominant journey to the WS title began with a commanding win over tournament No. 1 Disha Gupta – also representing USA.  Never reaching the third set in any of her matches, Hsu went on to defeat tournament No. 4 Paula La Torre Regal (PER) in the semifinal and No. 2 Daniela Macias (PER) in the WS final. Hsu had an average margin of victory of 10.75 points over eight matches. 

MD’s legend Tony Gunawan and partner Vinson Chiu (unranked in the tournament) defeated Peruvian pair, Cuba/Mini in the opening round, followed by a 24-22, 21-18 victory over the No. 2 MD pair Minh Bao and Bao Duc Duong from Vietnam. Quick work of Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura in the semifinal led to a berth in the MD final against Germany’s No. 1 seeded duo, Benz/Heinz. After losing the first set, Gunawan and Chiu stormed back with decisive 21-14 victories in the second and third sets to take the MD title.

17-year old twins Kerry and Annie Xu bounced back from a second round departure at last month’s U.S. Open with a WD win at the 2017 Yonex/K&D Graphics International Series. The Xu sisters breezed into the semifinals via a first round bye and 21-10, 21-7 victory over Peru in the quarterfinals. The California-Berkeley commits triumphed over the Peruvian No.1 seeded pair of Daniela Macias and Danica Nishimura in the disciplinary final, 21-11, 21-12.

In Men's Singles, former world No. 2, Kento Momota cruised throughout the tournament, eventually beating Kevin Cordon from Guatemala in straight sets. Video of the final is listed below.

Later this month, seven Americans will compete for the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.  Also on the radar, the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan from August 19-31.

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Video of Men's Singles Championship Match of Kento Momota vs. Kevin Cordon


Video courtesy of abahadir619