Mexico Clinch Men’s Title: Pan Am Team Continental Championships finals

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Job CastilloHosts Mexico made history by winning the men’s team title at the Pan Am Team Continental Championships 2016 that concluded on Saturday in Guadalajara.

Canada, who fell 3-0 to Mexico, were also at the receiving end in the women’s team final as they went down 3-2 to USA.

Mexico were powered by their strength in singles. Lino Munoz (featured image) provided the breakthrough with a rather easy win over Martin Giuffre 21-17 21-7. Job Castillo then consolidated beating Luke Couture 21-11 21-16 in under half-an-hour. Ramon Garrido, who shone for Mexico through the week, wrapped things up with a 21-16 10-21 21-13 victory over Jason Ho-Shue in 50 minutes. Mexico thus booked their spot in the Thomas Cup finals in Kunshan (China) in May.

Earlier in the day, USA overcame a battling Canada 3-2 in the women’s team final.

Iris Wang

Iris Wang made it 1-0 for USA beating Kyleigh O’Donoghue but Qinzi Ouyang made it 1-1 for Canada. USA regained the lead through Kerry Xu in the third singles. Canada fought back into the contest through Phyllis Chan/Qinzi Ouyang who earned a three-game win over Crystal Pan/Iris Wang, 21-14 17-21 21-15.

Annie Xu/Kerry Xu finally swung the tie USA’s way, holding off Michelle Tong/Josephine Wu 21-19 23-21 to help USA win the title and clinch a place in the Uber Cup finals in Kunshan.

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