U.S. finishes in 18th at BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships 2019

Oct. 05, 2019, 4:10 p.m. (ET)

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The United States defeated Scotland, 3-1, on Thursday, October 3 to advance to the 17/18 match, where they lost to the Czech Republic, 3-2.

Against Scotland, the U.S. dropped the opening point of the game in a tight mixed doubles match.According to coach Chong, "Katelin [Ngo] and Jacob [Zhang] fought very hard until the end, unfortunately, they did not pull though, losing in three close games.

But the U.S. bounced back and tied the match, 1-1, with a win by Natalie Chi in girls singles. Chi started a bit slow, but built momentum mid-way through the the opening game and controlled the match, winning in two games.

Alexander Zheng gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead with a win in boys singles. 

"Alex fought very hard all the way, being down most of the time on the scoreboard," said Chong. "Even in the third game, he fought back to win when the opponent was leading all the way."

The U.S. won the match by taking the point in girls doubles. Katelin and Esther Shi started out great and won the first game easily, then had to battle in the second game but held on to win the point and the match.

After the match, Coach Chong said, "I am very proud of the players the way they fought and tried so hard to win on the court, it pays off."  

In their final match of the tournament, the 17/18 match, the U.S. fell to the Czech Republic, 3-2. 

The U.S. lost points in mixed doubles and boys singles, but won girls singles as Chi won, 21-9, 21-19. Ngo/Shi earned a second point for the U.S. in women's doubles, 21-16, 21-18.

The fifth point was decided in boys doubles, which was won by the Czech Republic.


U.S. defeats Scotland, 3-1

XD: Apiliga/Andrew (SCT) def. Zhang/Ngo (USA), 21-17, 19-21, 21-19

GS: Chi (USA) def. Cameron (SCT), 21-14, 21-6

BS: Zheng (USA) def. Smith (SCT), 17-21, 21-15, 23-21

GD: Ngo/Shi (USA) def. Campbell/Sugden (SCT). 21-14, 21-18


Czech Republic defeats U.S., 3-2

XD: Kulisek/Krpatova (CR) def. Zhang/Wang (USA), 18-21, 21-15, 21-18 

GS: Chi (USA) def. Zuzakova (CR), 21-9, 21-19

BS: Janostik (CR) def. Zheng (USA), 21-14, 21-15

WD: Ngo/Shi (USA) def. Krpatova/Zuzakova (CR), 21-16, 21-18

BD: Kulisek/Svejda (CR) def. Hu/Yuan (USA), 21-19, 21-15