Crystal Pan and Jennie Gai finish 3/4 at Pan Am Individual Championships

April 28, 2019, 5:16 p.m. (ET)

XXIII Pan Am Individual Championships 2019

Photo courtesy of Badminton Pan Am

Crystal Pan and Jennie Gai were the top finishing Americans at the XXIII Pan Am Individual Championships 2019, played in Aguas Calientes, Mexico. 

 

Pan had to overcome a game one loss in her opening match against Sabrina Solis (Mexico), but battled back to win, 24-26, 21-18, 21-14. The American cruised through her second match against Jaqueline Lima (Brazil), 21-14, 21-17. In her quarterfinal match, Pan faced a Brazilian for her second straight match, this time defeating Samia Lima, 16-21, 21-8, 21-15. Pan eventually fell to top-seeded Canadian Michelle Li, 21-15, 21-6, in the semifinals.

 

Gai easily defeated Lauren Villalobos (Costa Rica) 21-5, 21-15, in her opening round match, but faced some adversity in round two against the Haramara Gaitan in her home country. Gai won the opening game in the second round match, but Gaitan stole game two to force a third and decisive game. Gai pulled out the victory, 21-16, 20-22, 21-19, to advance to the quarterfinals against another Mexican player, Mariana Ugalde. Against Ugalde, Gai cruised to a 21-15, 21-16 victory in just 23 minutes. In the semifinals, Gai faced number-two seed Brittany Tam (Canada). Gai dropped the opening game, 8-21, but rallied for a game two win, 21-14. Unfortunately, in the end it was Tam who would emerge victorious with a game three win, 21-18.

 

In the all-Canadian final, Li defeated Tam, 21-15, 24-22.

 

For full results of the winners at the XXIII Pan Am Individual Championships 2019, click here.