Multiple U.S. Athletes Advance to Semifinals at Pan Am Games

Aug. 01, 2019, 11:52 a.m. (ET)

The United States has advanced three doubles teams and one singles player to the semifinals of the Pan Am Games Lima 2019.

Iris Wang faced her toughest match of the tournament thus far in the quarterfinals, but still advanced without much pressure. Wang defeated Peruvian player Daniela Macias, 21-10, 21-12, and is still yet to drop a game in the tournament. Wang will face top-seeded women’s singles player Michelle Li (Canada) in the semifinals.

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The men’s double tandem of Phillip Chew and Ryan Chew played their first match on Wednesday after receiving a bye in the opening round, but were able to defeat Andres Lopez/Luis Montoya (Mexico), 21-16, 21-17. The American duo will play the Brazilian team of Fabricio Farias and Francielton Farias in the semifinals.

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Jamie Hsu and Kuei-Ya Chen advanced to the semifinals with a victory over Taymara Oropesa/Yeily Ortiz (Cuba), 21-16, 21-15. Hsu/Chen will now face Jaqueline Lim and Samia Lima of Brazil, who have needed three games in each of their first two matches, giving the U.S. duo a potential energy advantage.

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The final U.S. doubles team headed for the semifinals is Howard Shu and Paula Lynn Obanana in mixed doubles. In their quarterfinal match, Shu/Obanana battled Diego Mini/Danica Nishimura (Peru) and dropped the first game, but came back to win games two and three, 20-22, 21-12, 21-16. The two-seeded American tandem will now face the [3/4] Canadian seed of Nyl Yakura and Kristen Tsai in the semifinals.

One American lost on Wednesday as Timothy Lam came up just short against top-seeded men’s singles player Ygor Coelho (Brazil), 21-16, 21-6.

This year marks the first time the Pan American Games have visited Peru in the event’s long history. First held in 1951, the Pan American Games were hosted by Buenos Aires, Argentina, drawing 2,513 athletes from 21 countries. 

The event has since grown drastically, as Lima will welcome more than 6,600 athletes, including 643 U.S. athletes, to its shores from all 41-member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization. With competitions held across 14 districts of Lima and Callao, this edition of the Games is the largest in Pan American history.

Below, find the results for the U.S. on Wednesday. For full results and future days schedules of the Pan Am Games Lima 2019, CLICK HERE.

[1] Ygor Coelho (Brazil) def. [5/8] Timothy Lam (USA), 21-16, 21-6

[5/8] Iris Wang (USA) def. Daniela Macias (Peru), 21-10, 21-12

[2] Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew (USA) def. Andres Lopez/Luis Montoya (Mexico), 21-16, 21-17

Jamie Hsu/Kuei-Ya Chen (USA) def. Taymara Oropesa/Yeily Ortiz (Cuba), 21-16, 21-15 

[2] Howard Shu/Paula Lynn Obanana (USA) def. Diego Mini/Danica Nishimura (Peru), 20-22, 21-12, 21-16