First Round Results from 2019 YONEX US Open

July 11, 2019, 8:35 a.m. (ET)

(photo from USA Badminton Instagram)

After mixed doubles opened the 2019 YONEX U.S. Open on Tuesday, the four other disciplines began play on Wednesday in Titan Gym on the campus of California State University, Fullerton. 

Men’s Singles
The top two seeds, and last two men’s singles champions, Lee Dong Keun (Korea) and Prannoy H.S. (Indian) advanced to the second round of men’s singles play, but there were a handful of upsets. Three-seed Mark Caljouw (Netherlands), five-seed Rajiv Ouseph (England), six-seed and 2017 runner-up Parupalli Kashyap (India) and eight-seed Thomas Rouxel (France) all lost their opening round matches. The lone American in the men’s singles bracket, Timothy Lam, lost the to seven seed, Kasumasa Sakai (Japan), 21-13, 21-7.

Women’s Singles
Unlike the on the men’s singles side, the women’s singles bracket looked quite clean after the opening round. Seven of the top eight seeds advanced, including top-seeded Michelle Li (Canada), who defeated U.S. player Jennie Gai in the opening round, 21-9, 21-10. Li is seeking her first U.S. Open title after finishing as the runner-up in 2017. American Crystal Pan will face Li in the second round after Pan defeated Daniela Macias (Peru), 21-9, 21-14. 
Fellow U.S. players, Lauren Lam, Isabel Zhong and Disha Gupta, fell in the opening round.

Men’s Doubles
All of the seeded entries advanced in the men’s doubles bracket. Top-seed Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng (Taipei) defeated the U.S. team of Sheng Lyu/Ye Binghong, 21-17, 21-12. Americans Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew lost in a tight match to the Japanese duo of Hiroki Okamura/Masayuki Onodera, 21-18, 19-21, 21-17. Rio Olympian Sattawat Pongnairat (U.S.) lost in his opening round match with partner Ferdinand Sinarta Surbakti (Indonesia) to Lee Jhe-Huei/Yang Po-Hsuan (Taipei), 21-6, 21-12.

Women’s Singles
Much like the men’s doubles bracket, the top-six seeds advanced in women’s doubles. One women’s duo from the United States advanced, however, they did so by knocking out another American tandem. Jenna Gozali/Megumi Taruno defeated Eva Lee/Paula Lynn Obanana, 21-13, 15-21, 21-11. 
In other matches featuring Americans: Breanna Chi and Jennie Gai fell to the five-seed Chang Ye Na/Kim Hye Rin (Korea), 21-10, 21-9; Ariel Lee/Sydney Lee lost to Alexandra Boje/Mette Poulsen (Denmark), 21-8, 21-9; and Emily Kan/Isabel Zhong were defeated by the two-seed Emilie Lefel/Anne Tran (France), 21-10, 21-13.

Action begins on Thursday at noon local time. For Thursday’s full schedule, CLICK HERE.

For full results of Wednesday’s action, CLICK HERE.