USA off to a strong start at Pan Am Games Lima 2019

July 29, 2019, 7:20 p.m. (ET)

The United States had a strong showing to start the Pan Am Games Lima 2019. The Games, which are being played in Lima, Peru, started with the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 26. Badminton is being played at Polideportivo and began Monday, July 29, and will conclude Friday, August 2.

The U.S. had five athletes play on Monday in four events. Timothy Lam and Howard Shu competed in men’s singles, Iris Wang played in women’s singles, and Ryan Chew and Kuei-Ya Chen played in mixed doubles.

Lam was the first on the courts and the first to earn a victory. The American defeated Frank Barrios of Venezuela, 21-10, 21-9. Lam will now face Ruben Castellanos (Guatemala) in the Round of 16. Lam and Castellanos have met two times in the past, with Castellanos earning the victory in both matches. Lam, however, enters the match with a better world ranking (132) than Castellanos (214).

In other men’s singles action, Shu was defeated by Brian Yang of Canada, 18-21, 21-11, 21-6. Yang entered the Pan Am Games seeded 5/8 and was able to overcome a first game loss to defeat Shu. Shu will have the opportunity to continue to play as he’ll compete in mixed doubles with teammate Paula Lynn Obanana. Shu and Obanana are seeded second.

In women’s singles, Wang worked quickly in defeating Fatima Centeno (El Salvador), 21-8, 21-8. Wang entered the tournament ranked 110th in the world in women’s singles, which earned her the 5/8 seed. The American will now play Katherine Wynter (Jamaica) in the Round of 16. These two competitors have only met once, in the 2013 Santo Domingo Open, with Wang earning the victory, 21-7, 21-4. 

Finally, wrapping up the day for the Americans was the mixed double duo of Chew/Chen. The U.S. tandem defeated Mario Cuba/Daniela Macias (Peru), 21-17, 21-17. Chew/Chen will now face Lino Munoz/Haramara Gaitan (Mexico) in the Round of 16. The two teams have never met in competitive play.

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.

[5/8] Timothy Lam (USA) def. Frank Barrios (Venezuela), 21-10, 21-9

[5/8] Iris Wang (USA) def. Fatima Centeno (El Salvador), 21-8, 21-8

[5/8] Brian Yang (Canada) def. Howard Shu (USA), 18-21, 21-11, 21-6 

Ryan Chew/Kuei-Ya Chen (USA) def. Mario Cuba/Daniela Macias (Peru), 21-17, 21-17