Wojcikiewicz Wins Second PanAm Title

The women’s singles final was an unexpected win for American Cee Nantana Ketpura, as she was pitted against Canada’s top women’s singles player Michelle Li. The unseeded Ketpura had fought her way to the final and would not stop there beating Li in a lengthy three game match 17-21, 21-17 and 21-19.

Next up was Canadian Stephan Wojcikiewicz who was relieved after a great performance against Peru’s Rodrigo Pacheco Sunday Morning. Wojcikiewicz won the men’s singles event defeating Pacheco in a tough three game match 15-21, 21-17 and 21-13.  This is the second Pan Am title for the Canadian.

Women’s doubles would be the last final of the morning. Again an all Canadian final, Grace Gao and Joycelyn Ko up against Alex Bruce and Michelle Li both unseeded teams. The previous matches Bruce and Li knocked out first seeds Aicardi and Rivero as Gao and Ko did the same to second seeds Wang and Wang. Both teams have played incredibly well, still only one can win. After the three game battle Gao and Ko came out on top winning 16-21, 23-21 and 21-12. This is the second gold medal Gao has collected having earlier won the mixed doubles.

Last but not least wass men’s doubles. The American team Sameera Gunatileka and Vincent Nguy ran into second seeds Hugo Arthuso and Daniel Paiola from Brazil. At the end of the day the Americans can wave their flag after winning the men’s doubles. It was very close three game match Gunatileka and Nguy winning the first 21-19. Arthuso and Paiola coming back in the second 21-19. Again Gunatileka and Nguy winning the third 21-17, finishing the match and bringing the United States their second gold medal.

Michelle Li In Two Finals

After success in the team event, and some hard fought battles throughout the individual event Canada is positioned to possibly win 4 of 5 titles.

The first final will guarantee a Canadian title with Toby Ng and Grace Gao set to face off against their compatriots Alex Bruce and Kevin Li.  Ng and Gao had a tough fight in their semi-final match against another Canadian pair, Adrian Liu and Joycelyn Ko, but pulled through 19-21, 21-13, 21-18.  Li and Bruce had a somewhat easier semi-final against Americans Sattawat Pongnairat Cee Nantana Ketpura winning 21-11, 21-16.

Next up is the womens singles final between Canadian Michelle Li and American Cee Nantana Ketpura. Ketpura is unseeded and booked her place in the final after a thrilling 21-19, 22-20 win over Li’s compatriot Phyllis Chan. Li’s semi-final win was much less climactic with a 21-12, 21-14 scoreline over second seeded American Rena Wang.

With a couple of final appearances and a gold medal on his resume, Canadian Stephan Wojcikiewicz will be looking to add one more to his gold medal tally today, but will have to defeat Peruvian Rodrigo Pacheco. Wojcikiewiz had to play Sattawat Pongnairat once again after splitting matches against the American in the team event. This time Wojcikiewicz won when it mattered most with a 15-21, 21-16, 21-19 scoreline. Pacheco had a decidedly easier time against American Nicholas Jinadasa winning in two straight games 21-10, 21-19.

In the womens doubles final we have another guaranteed Canadian gold with Alex Bruce and Michelle Li set to play Grace Gao and Joycelyn Ko. Both pairs had tough matches to make the finals, Bruce and Li defeated the top seeded Christina Aicardi and Claudia Rivero 23-21, 18-21, 21-12, and Ko and Gao defeated Iris and Rena Wang 15-21, 23-21, 21-15.

Finally the last final of the day, the only one not featuring a Canadian player, is the mens doubles final. Americans Sameera Gunatileka and Vincent Nguy are set to play Hugo Arthuso and Daniel Paiola of Brazil. Nguy and Gunatileka knocked out top seeds Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu 22-20, 21-19 while the Brazilian pair defeated Bruno Monteverde and Rodrigo Pacheco 25-23, 21-19.

Pan Am Championships 2010 Full Results

Canada Takes Pan Am Team Title

Later on in the day the United States had a definitive win over Chile 5-0. Meanwhile in the B pool Mexico defeated Brazil 4-1, losing only the men’s doubles game to Hugo Lemos Arthuso and Danial Paiola. The final matches Tuesday went to Peru and Canada, Canada beating Chile 5-0 and Peru beating Brazil 4-1. The Brazilian men’s doubles team Andres Lopez and Lino Munoz spoiled Peru’s chances of a shut out, by defeating the Peruvians Martin Del Valle and Mario Cuba 21-18 and 21-18.

Day 2 wrapped up the 2010 Pan Am Championships Team Event. Canada faced-off against Mexico, Canada winning 3-0. Wojcikiewicz defeated Munoz 21-13 and 21-13, then Canadian women’s singles player Michelle Li won two straight games against Mariana Ugalde 21-18 and 21-14. Men’s doubles went to Liu and Ng on the account Lopez and Castillo were unable to compete. On court two Peru went up against the United States, with Peru losing 3-1. Peru took one win in men’s singles with Pacheco defeating Pongnairat in in two 21-11 and 21-12. Women’s singles went to the American player Ketpura winning 21-17 and 21-11 over Aicardi. Men’s doubles Nguy and Gunatileka beat Cuba and Monteverde 21-13 and 21-18, setting the United States up for win. Completing the victory for the American team was the women’s doubles team Wang and Wang defeating Aicardi and Rivero in three games 21-12, 23-25 and 21-7.

The bronze medal match Peru against Mexico, Peru takes the win 3-1. Rodrigo Pacheco Defeats Mexican Lino Munoz in three 21-17, 17-21 and 21-18. Next Peruvian Claudia Rivero makes quick work of Aileen Chinas 21-6 and 21-14. Mexico’s Munoz and Lopez over came men’s doubles team Cuba and Monteverde in a close three game match 15-21, 23-21 and 21-18. Women’s doubles team Aicardi and Zornoza finished off Mexico by defeating Gonzalez and Montero 22-20 and 21-18 winning them the bronze.

Canada and the United States battled it out again for the gold medal match. Ng and Gao taking the first win defeating the American team Jinadasa and Wang in two games 21-17 and 21-12. The United States responded in the men’s singles with Pongnairat beating Wojcikiewicz in three games 18-21, 21-13 and 21-18. Canada came back strong with women’s singles player Michelle Li defeating Nantan Cee Ketpura in two 21-15 and 21-17. Finalizing the win for Canada in men’s doubles team Liu and Ng won in two against Nguy and Gunatileka 21-18 and 21-14. This is Canada’s 3rd consecutive win in the team event at these games.

Pan Am Team Event Final Results

Pan Am Individual Event Draws

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Top Mens Singles Seed Stephan Wojcikiewicz

Top contenders back this year are Canadian men’s singles players Stephan Wojcikiewicz, David Snider and Alex Pang. Also back 2nd seed from Brazil Daniel Paiola, along with Charles Pyne and Gareth Henry from Jamaica. This should make for strong competition. Missing from the men’s singles draw this year is last years winner Kevin Cordon, as well as the rest of the Guatemalan team members. Joseph Rogers last years semi finalist is also missing from the draw. From the looks of the draw it looks like Paiola will have his work cut out for him to make it to the final, he will have Pang or Snider to go through first before he gets his chance at gold.

Following suit with the men’s singles, the women’s singles draw also lost last years winner Anna Rice as she has retired officially after her performance at the Commonwealth Games. Even with the loss of Rice, Canada looks favourable to come out on top with the addition of Charmaine Reid 1st seed and Michelle Li ¾ seed. I am predicting early problems for Karyn Cecilia Velez as her possible 2nd round match up is Joycelyn Ko, last year women’s singles runner up.

Men’s Doubles are not showing much representation from last years top teams. Missing teams are Guatemalan winners Kevin Cordon and Rodalfo Ramirez, as well as runners up Martin Del Valle and Antonio De Vinatea from Peru. Also not attending are the American and Peruvian semi finalists. This year teams to watch out for are the 1st seeds Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu from Canada along with Brazilians Hugo Arthuso and Daniel Paiola seeded 2nd. Other Teams looking Strong are Gareth Henry and Charles Pyne from Jamaica and Peruvian team Bruno Monteverde and Rodrigo Pacheco.

Canadians Valerie St. Jacques and Milaine Cloutier are missing this year after placing first in women’s doubles last years Championships. Strong returning teams this year are Peruvian team Christina Aicardi and Claudia Rivero seeded 1st along with 2nd seeds Iris Wang and Rena Wang of the United States. Other title contenders are Canadians Alex Bruce and Michelle Li with fellow teammates Grace Gao and Joycelyn Ko. All of these teams will have to work hard to make it through the semi finials.

Returning mixed doubles champions Toby Ng and Grace Gao are accompanied by their fellow Canadian’s teammates Alex Pang, Michelle Li, Kevin Li, Alex Bruce, Adrian Liu and Joycelyn Ko. Pang and Ko were last years runners up, they are back with new partners Pang playing with Li and Ko playing with Liu. I would expect to see an all Canadian mixed final. The 2nd seeds Bruno Monteverde and Claudia Zornoza have a tough 1st round match against Pang and Li. The Brazilians could be something to watch out for. Brazil has the most team entered in this category, they stand total five teams strong.

Team Event Draws and Results

Individual Event Draws and Results

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Pang Pushes Hidayat To The Limit

Canada’s Alex Pang may not have won against the former World and Olympic Champion, but pushing Hidayat to a long three games will certainly add to his credibility on the international tour.  The young Canadian surprised everyone, including himself, when he won the first game against the top seed 21-15.  Hidayat struck back taking the second and third games to seal his place in the second round, but Pang didn’t concede the match easily forcing Hidayat to earn his points with a final scoreline of 15-21, 21-15, 21-15.

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Hidayat may have squeaked through but others weren’t so lucky.  Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsing Hsieh was one of the casualties early on as was Ireland’s Scott Evans, both of whom lost to Japanese players in long three game matches.  Korea’s Won Ho Shon also fell in the first round at the hands of Denmark’s Kasper Ipsen.

Ji Hyun Sung was the only seed to fall in the women’s singles when qualifier Oka Hitomi defeated the lanky Korean in two straight games 24-22, 21-16.  Local favourite Anna Rice survived a near miss against Slovenia’s Maja Tvrdy fighting back from a game down to win 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 in a thrilling, crowd pleasing battle.  Canada’s other hopeful Michelle Li wasn’t as lucky against Singapore’s Fu Mingtian when in spite of a strong effort and a long three games the Singaporean player won 21-17, 18-21, 21-12.

The women’s doubles lacked the dramatics that many of the other events had, however the local fans were given a treat by the Canadian national champions Jiang Xuelian and Melody Liang who defeated Denmark’s Britta Andersen and Julie Houmann in an exciting three games 21-10, 12-21, 22-20.  The men’s doubles was similarly uneventful, nonetheless the top seeds Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach were effective in entertaining the crowd with their star power.  After winning their first round match they are now drawn to play Canada’s national champions Jon Vandervet and Alvin Lau in the second round.  The big upset in the mixed doubles came at the expense of Canada’s top ranked pair and the second seeds of this event, Toby Ng and Grace Gao.  The Canadian pair fell to Switzerland’s Anthony Dumartheray and Sabrina Jaquet 21-9, 17-21, 21-18.

Yonex Canada Open 2010 Full Draws

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Richmond Olympic Oval

The first day of the Yonex Canada Open 2010 has concluded with mostly Canadian players in contention today along with some younger international players, the victors of today’s games will find themselves thrust into battle with the World’s best tomorrow.  Also present in the qualifying rounds however were some future Korean prospects, as well as some retired Indonesian stars like Ronne Runtulalo and his partners Sandiarto Sandiarto in the doubles, and Jo Novita in the mixed doubles.

Tomorrow we can look forward to matches from players like Taufik Hidayat, Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach, and several more of the world’s best.

Yonex Canada Open 2010 Draws
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Here is Bobby Milroy on video to recap the day’s events:

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Snider Defeats Lee

The women’s singles provided two of the biggest upsets of the day, the biggest of which was third seed Anna Rice falling to the unseeded Wang Linling.  The match was very up and down with Wang winning in three games 21-15, 6-21. 21-9.  The other big surprise in the women’s singles was the defeat of Christina Aicardi from Peru to Canadian Denyse Julien.  The 49 year old proved once again that she is not to be underestimated as she won in three long games 21-14, 21-23, 21-18.  The two big matches to watch tomorrow will likely be Nicole Grether from Germany taking on Japan’s Oka Hitomi, and Michelle Li from Canada taking on Jeanine Cicognini from Switzerland.

The men’s singles lacked any major upsets in spite of Dan Kai from Canada easily defeating USA’s Nicholas Jinadasa, and Ikeda Yuichi of Japan’s similarly easy win over Canada’s Alex Pang.  Both were upsets on paper, but there was no doubt who the stronger players were in those matches today.  Other than Dan Kai Canada has two other hopefuls remaining at the quarter-final stage with Stephan Wojcikiewicz winning over Timothy Ma, and David Snider pulling out a great performance against Malaysia’s Lee Hock Lai winning 21-17, 14-21, 21-18.  They will now meet Daniel Paiola and Kristian Midtgaard respectively.

The only doubles event to take to the courts today was the men’s doubles event as both the womens doubles and mixed doubles events will be starting their first rounds tomorrow.  There were a handful of close matches, perhaps the most surprising of which was recent Canadian national champions Jon Vandervet and Alvin Lau narrowly escaping defeat against the pick-up pair of Daniel Pastewka and Tommy McKee.  After splitting the first two games Lau and Vandervet trailed by ten points in the final game, but managed to comeback and take the match 18-21, 21-11, 23-21.

Tomorrow will feature some more exciting matches and we can expect some more seeds to start falling so check back in for more results soon.

Atwater Canadian International 2010 Draws

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Cordon Falls in Third Round

Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon wasn’t able to live up to his top billing in the mens singles event as he was ousted by Japan’s Yuichi Ikeda in the round of sixteen, 19-21, 21-10, 21-10.  The relatively unknown Japanese shuttler followed that up with another win over Canada’s top player Alex Pang 21-13, 21-17.  Yuichi will now face Peru’s Antonio De Vinatea who defeated his teammate Rodrigo Pacheco in a close three games 21-23, 21-19, 21-18.  The bottom half of the draw features the only seed to survive to the semi-final stage of the mens singles with second seed Daniel Paiola coming through relatively comfortably with a win over Mario Cuba 21-15, 21-18 to set up a semi-final clash with another Japanese player Hiroyuki Saeki.

The Japanese struck again in the women’s singles where Manami Ebuchi defeated the top seeded Nicole Grether in two close games 21-19, 21-18 to set up her semi-final match against Canadian youngster Phyllis Chan who upset third seeded Canadian, and Grether’s partner, Charmain Reid 21-19, 21-19.  The bottom half of the draw will feature fourth seed Anne Jensen Held against Michelle Li who upset the second seed Anna Rice, and seventh seed Christina Aicardi.

The mens doubles featured some strong performances from the local Peruvians with two teams making it through to the semi-finals.  Top seeds Antonio De Vinetea and Martin Del Valle made it through comfortably defeating their teammates Pablo Aguilar and Ignacio De Vinetea 21-14, 21-14.  They will now face Canada’s Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu.  The other Peruvian team on the bottom of the draw, Andres Corpancho and Rodrigo Pacheco face Japan’s Hiroyuki Saeki and Hajime Komiyama.

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Peru International 2010 Draws

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Team Peru

The draws for the 2010 Peru International have been posted and with the exception of the women’s singles all of the draws appear to be filled with a lot of new talent.  With players like Bobby Milroy and Andrew Dabeka retiring from international play the men’s singles is a much more open field in the Pan Am zone.  The same goes for the doubles with Will Milroy retiring, and American players Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach not being present.

Mens Singles

Pan American Champion Kevin Cordon is the top seed and strong favourite.  His first major challenge comes in the round of 16 where he will face unseeded Japanese player Ikeda Yuichi.  If Cordon can pull through in that match he will likely face either Andres Corpancho or the recent Canadian Champion Alex Pang who is fresh off a strong European performance after recently beating Ville Lang in Poland.  Other notables in the draw include Jamaica’s Charles Pyne and India’s Aditya Adbul.

Womens Singles

Nicole Grether is the top seed and shouldn’t have too much trouble in the early rounds, however she faces a number of tough opponents if she’s to live up to her top billing.  Peru’s Claudia Rivero is her likely quarter-final opponent.  There are also a number of strong Canadian players present including Anna Rice, Jocelyn Ko, Charmaine Reid, Phyllis Chan and Michelle Li who defeated Nicole during a local Canadian tournament in January.  However the toughest of these two Canadian players must face off against each other in the round of 16 when Anna Rice and Michelle Li will relive their recent national championship final.

Mens Doubles

The top seeds in the mens doubles hail from Peru as Martin Del Valle and Antonio De Vinetea partner up against Jamaica’s Gareth Henry and Charles Pyne in the first round.  The second seeds are American veterans Mathew Fogarty David Neumann.  Canada also has a strong contingent with third seeds Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu as well as recent national champions Alvin Lau and Jonathan Vandervet coming into the even unseeded.

Womens Doubles

The top seeds for the event are the German/Canadian pairing of Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid.  With the most diverse international experience they are the favourites for the title.  There will however be strong opposition from Peruvian second seeds Christina Alcardi and Claudia Rivero and a potential tough start against Americans Rulan and Rulien Yeh.

Mixed Doubles

Canada’s Toby Ng and Grace Gao will be the top seeds in the mixed doubles.  After a disappointing nationals the pair will be looking to get back on track with their international events.  This is perhaps the most wide open of the events as few big name teams have made the journey down to Peru including recent Canadian national champions Milaine Cloutier and Jon Vandervet.  The second seeds for the event are the relatively unknown Bruno Monteverde and Claudia Zornoza.

Peru International 2010 Draws

In spite of not fielding a team for the Pan Am team event, Guatemala has a lot to be proud of this week. Kevin Cordon managed to fight his way to two gold medals at the Pan Am Championships in Mexico when he defeated Stephan Wojcikiewicz from Canada 21-11, 21-19 in the mens singles and then partnered up with Rodolfo Ramirez to defeat Antonio De Vinatea and Martin Del Valle from Peru 21-18, 17-21, 23-21. The rest of the events were snatched up by Canada who also won the team event.

Men’s Singles : Kevin Cordon def Stephan Wojcikiewicz 21-11, 21-19
Women’s Singles: Anna Rice def Jocelyn Ko 21-17, 21-14
Men’s Doubles: Cordon/Ramirez def De Vinatea/Del Valle 21-18, 17-21, 23-21
Women’s Doubles: Cloutier/St. Jacques def Gao/McKee 13-21, 21-14, 21-17
Mixed Doubles: Ng/Gao def Pang/Ko 21-15, 21-16

Pan Am Championships 2009 Draws

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