Women’s Doubles top seeds Daniela Macias and Danica Nishimura were shown the door in the quarter-finals of the XXII Pan Am Individual Championships yesterday by USA’s Jennie Gai and Jamie Hsu.
The USA pair beat the top seeds from Peru 21-18 21-18 to book their last-four place against Canada’s Michelle Tong and Josephine Wu.
There was another upset in the bottom half of the draw, with second seeds Ariel Lee/Sydney Lee (USA) crashing out to Canada’s Rachel Honderich/Kristen Tsai (featured image) 21-8 21-11. The Canadian pair take on Peru’s Ines Castillo/Paula La Torre Regal, who beat Mexico’s Cynthia Gonzalez/Mariana Ugalde in a close match, 16-21 23-21 21-18.
It was a day of upsets, with the top seeds in Mixed Doubles too crashing out. Peru’s Daniel La Torre Regal and Danica Nishimura went down to Canada’s Nyl Yakura/Kristen Tsai 21-10 21-9.
The Canadians face sixth seeds Lopez Andres/Cynthia Gonzalez (Mexico), while in the lower half of the draw, Canada’s Ty Alexander Lindeman/Josephine Wu will be challenged by Guatemala’s Solis Jonathan/Diana Corleto Soto. The Guatemalans, seeded seventh, got the better of second seeds Leodannis Martinez Palacio/Taymara Oropesa Pupo (Cuba) 21-10 24-22.
Men’s Doubles followed the seedings, with the top four seeds making the semi-finals. Top seeds Jason Anthony Ho-Shue/Nyl Yakura (Canada) had it all their way in the quarter-finals against Peru’s Jose Guevara/Daniel La Torre Regal (21-14 21-12).
Guatemala’s Solis Jonathan/Rodolfo Ramirez and USA’s Phillip Chew/Ryan Chew also made the semi-finals in straight games, while Mexico’s Job Castillo/Lino Munoz survived a three-game thriller against Canada’s Jonathan Bing/Ty Alexander Lindeman 21-19 17-21 23-21.
It was a similar pattern in Men’s Singles with the top four seeds – Ygor Coelho (Brazil), Kevin Cordon (Guatemala), Jason Anthony Ho-Shue (Canada) and Osleni Guerrero (Cuba) booking their places in the last-four.
While Coelho and Ho-Shue enjoyed straight-games wins, Guerrero and Cordon were stretched to three games by Mexico’s Job Castillo (21-13 16-21 21-12) and Lino Munoz (21-13 13-21 21-14) respectively.
There were no surprises in Women’s Singles either, with the top three seeds – all Canadians – Michelle Li, Rachel Honderich and Brittney Tam entering the semi-finals.
The only non-Canadian in the semi-finals is Mexico’s Haramara Gaitan, who beat Brazil’s Fabiana Silva 24-22 21-18, and will take on Honderich for a spot in the final.