Chew Brothers Take Home Silver, Gai and Hsu Bronze at Pan Ams

May 02, 2018, 12:09 a.m. (ET)

Pan Am Medals


Two sets of Americans came home from Guatemala with medals at the XXII Pan Am Individual Championships 2018. Brothers Phillip and Ryan Chew finished a strong week with a silver medal in men’s doubles, while Jennie Gai and Jamie Hsu brought home bronze in women’s doubles.

After an opening round bye, the Chew brothers cruised through their next two rounds as they defeated tandems from El Salvador (21-5, 21-9) and Chile (21-14, 21-10).

“The first two rounds went well,” said Phillip. “They were about trying to get used to the courts and get a feel for how the shuttlecock would fly at altitude.”

In the semifinals, the brothers met stiffer competition from the team of Job Castillo and Lino Munoz from Mexico. The Mexican duo gave the Chew’s all they could handle in game one, but the American’s prevailed, 24-22. In game two, Phillip and Ryan took control to win 21-10 and head to the finals. 

“Between games [in the semifinals], our coach, Don Chew advised us of some adjustments we should make in game two, and they worked very well which lead to a comfortable second game in the end,” added Phillip.

Phillip and Ryan Chew on podium at Pan Ams

The Men’s Doubles Championship match featured Phillip Chew, who won the 2015 Pan Am Games men’s double title with fellow 2016 Rio Olympian Sattawat Pongnairat, and the Canadian duo of Jason Anthon Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura, who had won the 2016 and 2017 Pan Am Championships men’s doubles gold medals. The Canadians pulled out a tight victory, winning both games 21-17, 21-17.

“At this point, it's great to be able to get silver in the Pan Am Championships,” said Phillip. “Obviously, we would've loved to take the gold, but the most important one will be the 2019 Pan American Games. It's definitely cool to make the podium with my brother as there are not many pairs of brothers who play together in Men's Doubles.”

Both Jamie Hsu and Jennie Gai competed in women’s singles play, in addition to playing together in women’s doubles. Both women won their opening round in singles action, which led to them meeting in the second round. Hsu came away with a three-game victory, 17-21, 21-19, 21-18, as a warm-up for their play in doubles. 

The duo defeated the Brazilian team of Jaqueline Lima and Luana Vincente in three games, 21-17, 18-21, 21-19, before dispatching of the top-seeded team from Peru of Daniela Macias and Danica Nishimura, 21-18, 21-18.

Jennie Gai and Jamie Hsu on podium at Pan Ams


This set up a semifinal match with the third-seeded Canadian team of Michelle Tong and Josephine Wu, which saw the American’s fall, 21-17, 21-15. 

Individually, Hsu fell in the quarterfinals to eventual women’s singles champion, Canada’s Michelle Li, 21-18, 21-12.

Below is the full match results from the American participants. Click this link for full tournament results and this link for videos of matches from the tournament.

Grimaldy Gunawan (MS) lost to Antonio Li (Canada) 21-11, 21-11
Bjorn Seguin (MS) def. Luke Couture (Canada) 21-8, 21-14
Ricky Liuzhou/Angela Zhang (XD) def. Axel Flores Barrondo/Alejandra Jose Paiz Quan (Guatemala) 21-19, 21-17
Jamie Hsu (WS) def. Maria Delia Zambrano (Ecuador) 21-10, 21-12
Jennie Gai (WS) def. Lauren Villalobos (Costa Rica) 21-12, 21-10
Isabel Zhong (WS) lost to Fabiana Silva (Brazil) 22-20, 21-16
Disha Gupta (WS) Def. Adriana Artiz Ataury (Cuba) 21-8, 21-7
Mathew Fogarty (MS) lost to Ernesto Reyes (Cuba) 21-2, 21-7
Ricky Liuzhou (MS) lost to Humblers Heymard (Guatemala) 21-12, 21-12
Bjorn Seguin def. Shae Michael Martin (Barbados) 21-11, 21-9
Ryan Chew/Sydney Lee (XD) def. Mathew Fogarty/Isabel Zhong 21-12, 9-21, 21-19
Ricky Liuzhou/Angela Zhang (XD) def. Antonio Emanuel Ortiz/Diana Judith Monterroso Ortiz (Guatemala) 21-14, 21-8
Phillip Chew/Ariel Lee (XD) def. Shae Michael Martin/Sabrina Scott (Barbados) 21-15, 21-15

Bjorn Seguin (MS) lost to Kevin Cordon (Guatemala) 16-21, 21-11, 21-12
Jamie Hsu (WS) def. Jennie Gai 17-21, 21-19, 21-18
Disha Gupta (WS) Yaqueline Duarte (Mexico) 21-14, 21-12
Musashi Cohn/Dean Schoppe (MD) lost to Solis Jonathan/Rodolfo Ramirez (Guatemala) 21-5, 21-11
Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew (MD) def. Javier Armando Alas/Manuel Mejia (El Salvador) 21-5, 21-9
Jennie Gai/Jamie Hsu (WD) def. Jaqueline Lima/Luana Vincente (Brazil) 21-17, 18-21, 21-19
Ariel Lee/Sydney Lee (WD) def. Fatima Beatriz Centeno Fuentes/Katherine Sarai Lara Guzman (El Salvador) 21-15, 20-22, 21-12
Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew (MD) def. Ivan Leon/Skaric Mickaela (Chile) 21-19, 21-18
Ricky Liuzhou/Angela Zhang (XD) lost to Lopez Andres/Cynthia Gonzalez (Mexico) 21-18, 21-19
Phillip Chew/Ariel Lee (XD) lost to Solis Jonathan/Diana Corleto Soto (Guatemala) 13-21, 21-14, 21-18
Jamie Hsu (WS) lost to Michelle Li (Canada) 21-18, 21-12
Disha Gupta (WS) lost to Rachel Honderich (Canada) 21-12, 21-12
Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew def. Cristian Araya/Ivan Leon (Chile) 21-14, 21-10
Jennie Gai/Jamie Hsu (WD) def. Daniela Macias/Danica Nishimura (Peru) 21-18, 21-18
Ariel Lee/Sydney Lee (WD) lost to Rachel Honderich/Kristen Tsai (Canada) 21-8, 21-11
Ryan Chew/Sydney Lee (XD) lost to Lopez Andres/Cynthia Gonzalez (Mexico) 21-14, 21-12

Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew (MD) def. Job Castillo/Lino Munoz (Mexico) 24-22, 21-10
Jennie Gai/Jamie Hsu (WD) lost to Michelle Tong/Josephine Wu (Canada) 21-17, 21-15

Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew (MD) lost to Jason Anthony Ho-Shue/Nyl Yakura (Canada) 21-17, 21-17