U.S. Athletes Advance to Quarterfinals at Pan Am Games Lima 2019

July 30, 2019, 9:14 p.m. (ET)

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On the second day of badminton play at the Pan Am Games Lima 2019, the U.S. had two singles athletes and two doubles teams advance to quarterfinals. 

Timothy Lam defeated Ruben Castellanos of Guatemala, 21-9, 21-17, to win his second consecutive match in straight games. Lam, who was previously 0-2 against Castellanos - losing to the Guatemalan in 2015 and 2016, will face the top-seeded player in men’s singles, Ygor Coelho of Brazil, for a trip to the semifinals.


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Iris Wang was in control for her match on Tuesday as she defeated Katherine Wynter (Jamaica), 21-4, 21-6. It marked the second straight match for Wang that lasted just 20 minutes, leaving her rested and ready for her quarterfinal match on Wednesday against [3/4] Daniela Macias (Peru).

In women’s doubles, Jamie Hsu/Kuei-Ya Chen won their opening match of the tournament Tuesday, defeating Haramara Gaitan/Adriana Valero (Mexico), 21-18, 21-16. The American duo will take on Taymara Oropesa Pupo/Yeily Mari Ortiz Rodriguez (Cuba) in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. had a pair of teams compete in mixed doubles on Tuesday. The team of Howard Shu/Paula Lynn Obanana, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, defeated Ivan Leon/Ashley Montre, 17-21, 21-14, 21-11. Shu/Obanana will face Diego Mini/Danica Nishimura (Peru) for a trip to the semifinals.


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The other U.S. duo, Ryan Chew/Kuei-Ya Chen, lost in an extremely tight match to Lino Munoz/Haramara Gaitan (Mexico), 19-21, 21-18, 24-22.


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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. Ruben Castellanos (Guatemala), 21-9, 21-17

[5/8] Iris Wang (USA) def. Katherine Wynter (Jamaica), 21-4, 21-6

Jamie Hsu/Kuei-Ya Chen (USA) def. Haramara Gaitan/Adriana Valero (Mexico), 21-18, 21-16 

[2] Howard Shu/Paula Lynn Obanana (USA) def. Ivan Leon/Ashley Montre (Chile), 17-21, 21-14, 21-11

Lino Munoz/Haramara Gaitan (Mexico) def. Ryan Chew/Kuei-Ya Chen (USA), 19-21, 21-18, 24-22