Seven Americans Advance to Main Draw at 2018 YONEX U.S. Open

June 13, 2018, 1:03 a.m. (ET)

U.S. Open Day 1


During an exciting opening day at the 2018 YONEX U.S. Open, seven American players advanced from the qualification rounds into the main draw.

In men’s singles play, Howard Shu was the only American who had to win two matches to advance. Shu defeated Nicholas Bonkowsky of Trinidad and Tobago, 21-16, 21-8, then rallied in a three game match against B. R. Sankeerth of Canada, 21-17, 9-21, 23-21.


"I felt good. It's my first tournament back in six months, so I'm adjusting a bit from injury," said Shu. "Playing at full speed at a competition hall is always slightly an adjustment, so for me, you know the first game is an adaption and acclimation, but I felt good."


Shu will now play Ygor Coelho, the No. 8 seed, Wednesday afternoon at 3:20 p.m.


Three United States women advanced into the main draw, Isabel Zhong, Crystal Pan and Lauren Lam. Zhong defeated fellow American Jacqueline Wendy Myers, 21-1, 21-2, while Lam advanced when Indonesian Debora Rumate Vehrenica was forced to retire in the second game with the scored tied 19-19. Pan had the most exciting match among the women’s singles qualification, as she defeated Johanna Magnusson from Sweden, 21-18, 21-13. Tomorrow, Zhong will take on Chloe Birch of Canada, Pan will battle No. 3 seed Michelle Li, also from Canada, and Lam will play Lee Se Yeon of Korea. 


Halim Haryanto Ho and 2016 Rio Olympian Sattawat Pongnairat beat American’s Ricky Liuzhou and Sheng Lyu in men’s doubles 21-12, 21-19, while in mixed doubles Jing Yu Hong and Sittichai Viboonsin, of Thailand, defeated the U.S. tandem of Phillips Jap and Jamie Hsu, 21-12, 21-11. The men’s doubles duo will play the top seed in the MD draw, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge from England at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday.


Following the qualification play, mixed doubles action was played. Hong and Viboonsin fell in their opening match to Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen of the Netherlands, 21-9, 21-15, but three other American duo’s advanced to the second round. Rio Olympian Phillip Chew and Ariel Lee defeated the tandem of Niccolo Tagle and Brittney Tam, 21-18, 21-17. Kwong Beng Chan and Jenna Gozali rallied for a three game victory over Jordan Corvee and Anne Tran from France, 21-11, 18-21, 21-9. Finally, Hock Lai Lee and 2016 Olympian Paula Lynn Obanana beat Americans Mathew Fogarty and Isabel Zhong, 21-12, 21-7.


"It's a good experience and I get to learn a lot about how I get to improve my doubles game," said Lee. 

"[We're] just focused on playing well and trying our best," added Chew. 


The most exciting match of the day didn't involve any U.S. players. Rio Olympian silver medalists in mixed doubles, Peng Soon Chan and Yiu Ling Goh, of Malaysia, had to battle to avoid an early knockout against Seung Jae Seo and Yujung Chae of Korea. The Korean duo took the first game, 21-17, but the No. 5 seeded Malaysians edged out games two and three, 21-19, 23-21, to win the match.

The main draw in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles will get underway tomorrow. Play begins at 10 a.m. PT and runs until the final matches finish, which are expected to begin at approximately 8:40 p.m. PT. 

Among the highlighted players in action tomorrow are top-seeded men’s singles player Lin Dan, of China, who will play Lee Dong Keun of Korea at 7:20 p.m. PT, and the top-seed in the women’s singles draw, Beiwen Zhang, who will take on Yvonee Li of Germany at 8:10 p.m. PT.



For the full match listing of tomorrow’s action, CLICK HERE

For full results from today’s play, CLICK HERE.