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

Axelsen Man Handles the Competition

The talk of qualifying was Viktor Axelsen’s progression into the main draw with three victories in two games on Thursday. He continued his outstanding form with a win over Tomas Kopriva, again in two games and then his fifth two game win over Valeriy Atrashchenkov to set up a quarter final match against the 4th seeded Scott Evans of Ireland.

Vladimir Malkov, the 7th seed was beaten by Atrashchenkov in Round 1 before his defeat to Axelsen. The 6th seeded Stephan Wojcikiewicz lost to Finland’s Eetu Heino, who then defeated Pavel Florian of the Czech Republic to set up a quarter final match with Rune Ulsing of Denmark.

Four seeds remain in the women’s singles draw, with top seeded Judith Meulendijks pulling out pre-event. 5th seed and local hope Kristina Ludikova was beaten in the second round in three games by Mariya Diptan to set up a quarter final match with Tatjana Bibik of Russia. 4th seeded Maja Tvrdy lose in the opening round to another Ukrainian, Mariya Ulitina who then lost to Belarus’ Alesia Zaitsava. The 2nd seeded Larisa Griga is also out, losing in the second round to English qualifier Sarah Walker.

The English final in the men’s doubles is still on, as the top two seeds both from England are safely into the last 8. Eliis and Mills winning in three games over Konoc and Zavadsky whilst Langridge and Middleton defeated Cwalina and Logosz in two games. The French 3rd seeds of Constantin and Vincent are also safely into the last 8, with a two game win over their French compatriots Labar and Quere.

The four seeds in the women’s doubles are all safely through to the last 8 without the loss of a game between the quartet. Whilst in the mixed doubles, only one seed from four remain, with Durkinjak and Pozananovic progressing into the last 8. Atrashchenkov’s poor day continued as he crashed out in the second round with partner Elena Prus, as the top seeds lost to Dutch duo of Arens and Piel.

Day 1 Results

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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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Atwater International Draws

Although a little late in coming, the draws for the Atwater Canadian International 2010 have been released.  Apparently the Pan American organizers had their laptop stolen at the recent World Junior Championships which delayed their publication of the draw.

Mens Singles

Top seeded Brice Leverdez faces Zhang Kailai from Canada who may be unseeded, but recently immigrated from China so the top seed could be the first favourite to fall. Other strong favourites for the mens singles title include second seed Canada’s Stephan Wojcikiewicz, third seed Kestutis Navickas, and a handful of other seeds. Perhaps the most dangerous dark horse in the draw is Japan’s Ikeda Yuichi who won the recent Peru International.

Womens Singles

Nicole Grether from Germany is the top seed gunning for the womens singles title. Similar to Leverdez in the mens singles Grether has a tough first round against Canada’s Phyllis Chan. On the far side of the draw is Jeanine Cicognini from Switzerland who plays Canada’s Valerie St Jacques. Other notables include Anna Rice, Michelle Li from Canada, and Claudia Rivero from Peru, Oka Hitomi and Ito Kana from Japan.

Mens Doubles

Almost an exclusively Canadian event, however both the first and second seeds are non-Canadian with Dutch players Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder as first seeds, and Americans Phillip Chew and Halim Haryanto as second seeds. Recent Peru International winners Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu will be gunning for the second ever international title, they are the third seeds. Fourth seeded Maxime Belanger and Francois Bourret will be looking to make an impact, and unseeded Canadian national champions Jon Vandervet and Alvin Lau are also looming threats.

Womens Doubles

The German/Canadian duo of Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid are the top seeds once again after cruising to a straight forward win in Peru recently.  As in Peru the second seeds will be Peru’s Christina Aicardi and Claudia Rivero.  Both the seeded pairs have challenging first rounds matches.  Grether and Reid will likely face the recent Canadian national champions Melody Liang and Jiang Xuelian.  The Peruvian second seeds have a possible match up against Michelle Li and Alex Bruce.

Mixed Doubles

In the mixed doubles we have yet another near exclusive Canadian draw with only three pairs not featuring a Canadian player.  Top seeded Canadians Toby Ng and Grace Gao will be looking to take their first ever international title, however there are a number of other pairs threatening the title.  Perhaps the most threatening are Canadian national champions Jon Vandervet and Milaine Cloutier who are unseeded.

Atwater Canadian 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

After day one of competition in Brno, Denmark appears to be in the best condition with numerous players remaining in every event. In the men’s singles Denmark’s Rune Ulsing appears to be performing well once again after a stellar performance in Belgium at the beginning of the month. After going through qualifications once again, Ulsing is in the quarter-finals and will be pitted against Ukrainian Dmytro Zavadsky. Suffering from a strained abdominal muscle, Canada’s third seeded Stephan Wojcikiewicz struggled to gain his form and lost in the first round to Soren Gravholt 21-14, 11-21, 21-13. Gravholt also had to fight his way through qualifying, and now finds himself in the quarter-finals against fifth seeded Jan Vondra of Czech Republic. Another notable match was Irishman Scott Evans’ win over Sweden’s Mathias Wigardt in three games 18-21, 21-15, 21-15.

In the women’s singles several seeds fell, in fact half of the seeds failed to make it through to the quarter-final round. India’s Neha Pandit lost to her teammate Gayatri Vartak who had to find her way through qualifying. Unfortunately Vartak’s euphoria was short lived as she lost the very next round to Denmark’s Camilla Overgaard in two close games 22-20, 21-19. Overgaard now plays another Indian, Trupti Murgunde, in the quarter-finals. Germany’s Carola Bott was another giant killer as she knocked out seventh seeded Mariya Diptan in the first round, and followed that up with a win over Norway’s Sara Kvaerno to book her quarter-final place.

For more information about the Yonex Czech International 2009 visit the full draws at the link below:

Yonex Czech International 2009 Draws

The new EBU season begins once more in Antwerp with the Belgian International, with local interest in many of the events this week. For some, it will be their first competition of the season but for most of the seeds it will be a return to European soil after their World Championship excursion.

The Men’s singles is headed by England’s Carl Baxter, with Stephan Wojcikiewicz seeded 6th for the event also. Top seeded Baxter will play Austrian Michael Lahnsteiner in Round 1, with second seeded Marc Zweibler playing Rune Massing of Holland in the opening round.

The Women’s Singles has several players that progressed to the last 32 in the World Championships, led by top seed Ella Diehl from Russia. Diehl will play a qualifier in Round 1. Second seeded Yao Jie of Holland also progressed to the second round in India; she plays Croatian Andrea Zvorc in Round 1 in Belgium.

Third seed Larisa Griga lost to World Champion Lu Lan in Round 1 in India, she will play a qualifier in Round 1, Susan Egelstaff lost to Wang Yihan in Round 2 at the World Championships, and she starts her campaign in Belgium against Claudia Mayer of Austria.

Another one to watch in the ladies draw is 7th seeded Lianne Tan, winner of th Junior event in February and also reaching the last 32 of the World Championships at just 18 years old.

The big local hopes is in the Womens Doubles, with Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain being seeded 1 for the event, They have a first round bye however the pair come into the event failing to win a match since the Polish Open in March.

Wouter Claes is seeded 3 for the Mens Doubles with Frederic Mawet and seeded 2 for the Mixed with Natalie Deschamps. He comes into the event after losing in both events in India in the opening round in 3 sets.

The Belgian International Open begins on Thursday, September 3.

Belgian International Open Draws

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