Opening Day at the 2019 YONEX U.S. Open

July 10, 2019, 12:01 p.m. (ET)


The 2019 YONEX U.S. Open Badminton Championships opened play on Tuesday, July 9, in Titan Gym in Fullerton, California, with the qualification rounds in each discipline as well as the opening round of mixed doubles competition. 

In men’s singles, 16 players vied for the final four spots. But in the end, Taipei and China each had two players advance. Chia Hao Lee and Chun-Yi Lin qualified for Taipei, while Fei Xiang Sun and Shi Feng Li advanced for China.

Women’s singles qualification featured eight players battling for the final four spots. Hsiang Ti Lin (Taipei), Zhi Yi Wang (China), Lauren Lam (USA) and Mariana Ugalde (Mexico) secured those final positions with wins. Lam defeated Switzerland player Ronja Sten, 21-12, 21-14.

Three players from the United States advanced through qualification in men’s doubles play. Sheng Lyu and Binghong Ye advanced by walkover, while 2016 Rio Olympian Sattawat Pongnairat and Ferdinand Sinarta Surbakti qualified with a win. The other two teams that will advance to the main draw are Wei Jie Dong/Xin Wa Guo (China) and Minh Bao/Bao Duc Duong (Vietnam).

China faired well in women’s doubles qualification, as three of the four teams that will advance to the main draw are Chinese. Zi Yao Gao/Qin Peng, Yue Kang/Zhi Ting Xie, and Long Zhu Chen/Xin Ying He all qualified. The last team in women’s doubles is Pin-Chian Chiu and Yi-Ting Hung of Taipei.

Finally, in mixed doubles qualification, Taipei had a strong showing with five athletes advancing. Jhe-Huei Lee/Ya Ching Hsu and Chia Pin Lu/Chih Chen Lee qualified, as well as Chao Yu Kan, who is playing with Canadian Rachel Honderich. The final team that advanced in mixed doubles was the Australian duo of Mitchell Wheller and Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen. 

When the main draw got underway in mixed doubles, the seven of the top eight seeds advanced. The lone upset was the five-seed, Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje of Denmark fell to Wei Jie Dong/Xiao Fei Chen (China).

Action begins on Wednesday at 9 a.m. local time. Wednesday’s schedule includes men’s and women’s singles, as well as men’s and women’s doubles. For the full schedule, CLICK HERE.

For full results of Tuesdays action, CLICK HERE.