USA Badminton Teams Won Pan Am Qualifications
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
This year is going to be very tough and hard for all the international badminton players, as there are many tournaments and championships holding this year. One of the most important is London Olympics.
Everyone is trying hard and getting high level coaching and completing their training and improving their game day by day. As the time passing, tournaments are getting closer and the time for which everyone curiously waiting for is about to come.
Teams like USA, Gautemala, Brazil, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname had their qualified rounds last week for the Thomas and Uber Cup.
Qualifying rounds for Thomas and Uber Cup Pan Am Preliminary was held from February 17 to 19, 2012, in the Los Angeles Badminton Club (LABC), an Olympic qualified badminton venue. Total number of eight countries participated in this qualifying round.
In the pool matches, USA played very well and hold the 2nd position in his pool, lost only to Guatemala.
USA team then qualified for the Semi finals where they beat Canada, an easy win by 3-0 without any difficulties and resistance. After beating their Semis rival, USA then reached in finals where they once again faced Guatemala team.
USA team was very well known of the fact that final was not going to be easy, since they have lost against Guatemala in pool matches. In the first men single match, Sattawat Pongnairat beat Kevin Cordon in two straight games by 22-20, 21-14.
In second Men Single, Howard Shu faced Rodolfo Ramires and played flawlessly and won in two easy games by 21-14, 21-14. This win became the most important and key winning game for USA. Nicholas Jinadasa played in third Men Single against Heymard Humbler, since he lost to his opponent just the day before in pool matches.
But this time Nicholas grab his opponent with his great skills and shots and overcome his opponent in three matches by the score 21-6, 19-21, 21-19.
As with the third win, there was no need to play fourth match and that's how USA team made his way to the Thomas Cup Finals which will held in Wuhan China in May 2012.
If we talk about Uber Cup qualifications, it was participated by five countries. Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, and USA. This was a round robin format in the three days competition.
After facing tough resistance and competition, USA managed to made it to finals and faced seeded number one Canada in Finals.
Rena Wang & Michelle Li played first women single, in which Michelle Li crashed Rena Wang in very two close games of 19-21, 20-22. Second Women Single was played by Iris Wang who defeated Joycelyn Ko by 22-20, 21-14.
Jamie Subandhi played third single against Christin Tsai and lost by 21-17, 19-21, and 9-21. USA was losing by 2-1 at this point and found itself in must win condition. Eva Lee and Paula Obanana played the first Women double against Michell Li and Alex Bruce.
This is one of the most exciting and thrilling match of the whole tournament, match was decided on the third set and USA had a close victory against Canada by 21-17, 19-21, 23-21.
In the deciding match, the second doubles was played by Jamie Subandhi and Rena Wang against Joycelyn Ko and Grace Gao. The USA pair appeared to be too strong and won in an easy two games of 21-6, 21-8.
By virtue of winning this event both the USA Badminton Thomas Cup Team (Men) and the USA Badminton Uber Cup Team (Women) advance to the 2012 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals which will be held in May 20-27 in Wuhan, Hubei, China.
Thomas Cup was the first major international tournament started by Badminton Federation in 1948-1949. It originally took place every three years.
The Thomas Cup was named for Sir George Thomas, the President of the World Body governing badminton who first conceived the idea of having a team championship event.
Thomas, a legendary player having won 21 All England titles, and administrator of the sport donated the original trophy.
Uber Cup was first started in 1956-57, similar to Thomas Cup. It also took place every three years. The Uber Cup is named in honor of Betty Uber, a British badminton star who in 1950 started the campaign for a women’s team championship competition.