Two U.S. Doubles Team Will Go For Gold at Pan Am Games

Aug. 01, 2019, 9:56 p.m. (ET)

(Photo courtesy of Badminton Pan Am)

Two pairs of doubles partners will go for gold tomorrow at the Pan Am Games Lima 2019.

Phillip Chew and Ryan Chew was the first U.S. team to punch its ticket to the final by defeating Fabricio Farias and Francielton Farias (Brazil), 20-22, 21-13, 21-17. The Chews will take on the Canadian tandem of Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura in the final. Phillip and Ryan are seeking their first victory over the duo of Ho-Shue/Yakura. Two of their three previous matches have gone to three games, with Canada winning all three. Phillip won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, playing men’s doubles with Sattawat Pongnairat.

The women’s doubles team of Jamie Hsu and Keui-Ya Chen earned their spot in the finals in a thrilling three-game match against the Brazilian team of Jaqueline Lima and Samia Lima, 15-21, 21-15, 24-22. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the tournament, the duo of Hsu/Chen are ranked 435th in the world, while their finals opponent, Kristen Tsai/Rachel Honderich (Canada) are ranked 32nd. 

For several other Americans, the semifinals marked the end their Pan Am Games. 

Iris Wang finished on the podium with a semifinal loss to Canadian Michelle Li, 21-10, 21-5. This marks Wang’s second straight bronze medal after earning the bronze in Toronto in 2015.

The mixed doubles team of Howard Shu and Paula Lynn Obanana dropped their semifinal match to Nyl Yakura and Kristen Tsai (Canada), 21-15, 21-15. Both Shu and Obanana will take home their medals at the second straight Pan Am Games, as Shu won a bronze in men’s singles in 2015, while Obanana won gold in women’s doubles in 2015.

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. today. For full results and future days schedules of the Pan Am Games Lima 2019, CLICK HERE.

[1] Michelle Li (Canada) def. [5/8] Iris Wang (USA), 21-10, 21-5

[2] Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew (USA) def. Fabricio Farias/Francielton Farias (Brazil), 20-22, 21-13, 21-17 

Jamie Hsu/Kuei-Ya Chen (USA) def. Jaqueline Lima/Samia Lima (Brazil), 15-21, 21-15, 24-22 

[3/4] Nyl Yakura/Kristen Tsai (Canada) def. [2] Howard Shu/Paula Lynn Obanana (USA), 21-15, 21-15