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Jha and Wu Highlight Day 2 of 2019 Pan Am Games with Mixed Doubles Bronze

By Matt Hetherington | Aug. 06, 2019, 1:53 a.m. (ET)

The US team got off to a good start on the second day of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, beginning their singles campaigns and contesting the medal rounds in the Mixed and Women's Doubles. The highlight of the day was the podium presentation of the team's first medal, a bronze in the Mixed Doubles, and of course the Women's Doubles semifinal win which lands them a place in the final. Here is a recap on the results from Day 2 of the Table Tennis at the 2019 Pan American Games!

Day 2 Results: 

Mixed Doubles Semifinal
Wang, Z. / Zhang, M. (CAN) 4-1 Jha, K. / Wu, Y. (USA)

A tough loss to the veteran duo of Wang Zhen and Zhang Mo in the semifinal of the Mixed Doubles event in five games. Two tight first opening games went one each side, but the experienced Canadian pair gained serious momentum moving into the third and capitalized from there. While the USA pair of Kanak Jha and Wu Yue took away a bronze, the USA's first medal for the competition, the Canadians went on to win gold in a comfortable win over Brazil in the final. Well done to Kanak and Yue on their medals!

Women's Singles 1/16 
Plaza, M. (ECU) 0-4
 Wu, Y. (USA)

A strong start in the match from Wu Yue, taking the first two games with some breathing room. The pressure mounted into the third and fourth games with Wu being able to draw on her experience as a full-time professional player to win both games with 11-9 margins. A good start on the path to a title defense from the 2015 Pan Am Games champion.

Women's Singles 1/16
Vargas, F.(PER)  
0-4 Zhang, L. (USA)

Lily Zhang set the bar in her opening match, showing no signs of mercy on her road to a 4-0 win over Vargas of Peru. Zhang won the first game in the encounter 11-1 and didn't let up as she showcased efficiency in executing points. It was plain sailing for the 2-time Olympian as she makes her case for the crown.

Men's Singles 1/16
Santos, E. (DOM) 
2-4 Kumar, N. (USA)

Two-time US National Men's Singles finalist Nikhil Kumar found himself under some pressure against Emil Santos of the Dominican Republic in a match of bizarre margins. Two games of the match were settled in deuce, while the remaining games scored under 5. At 1-1 it was Kumar who made his mark, winning game three 11-2, but Santos returned to sender with an 11-3 win in game four. Kumar had to fight to gain the upper hand and did so 14-12 to take a 3-2 lead, melting away the pressure and allowing him to come home strong with the six-game result.

Men's Singles 1/16
You, J. (HON) 
0-4 Jha, K. (USA)

Plain sailing for Kanak Jha in his debut match of the singles event. He wasted no time in asserting himself across the first three games, showing why he was last year crowned Pan American Champion. While You of Honduras made a case for the 4th game and opened up a lead, it was Jha who gave no quarter and powered over the finish line.

Women's Doubles Semifinal
Cote, A. / Zhang, M (CAN) 
1-4 Wu, Y. / Zhang, L. (USA)

The first final for the USA, earned by the hard work of Wu Yue and Lily Zhang. The pair overcame Canada's Alicia Cote and Zhang Mo, reversing the result of last year's Pan American Championship final where the Canadians had prevailed to win gold. With plenty of resolve, it was Wu and Zhang who got off the starting blocks, taking away the first two games with relative ease. The two have formed a great partnership, reaching the quarterfinals of the 2017 World Championships together - an occasion in which Canada's Zhang also lost out to the pair. While Cote and Zhang snatched back the third, it was the Americans who booked their place in the final. We look forward to seeing them fight for gold!

You can find information on Day 3 Schedule on the US Team's Pan Am Games Homepage.