Monday, February 19, 2018
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | DENNIS ALLEN
Canada captured twin titles at the Male & Female Pan Am Team Continental Championships 2018 on Sunday in Tacarigua (Trinidad & Tobago), beating USA 3-0 in both finals.
Canada’s singles ace Michelle Li set up the victory in the women’s team final, quelling a dogged challenge from Jamie Subandhi to prevail in 40 minutes, 19-21 21-14 21-9.
Brittney Tam (featured image) consolidated for the Canadians with a 35-minute triumph over Jamie Hsu, 21-17 21-16, before Anne-Julie Beaulieu and Stephanie Pakenham completed a 19-minute rout of Natalie Chi/Angela Zhang 21-15 21-17 to hand Canada the title.
It was similarly one-sided in the men’s team final. Jason Ho-Shue was the spearhead, needing less than half-an-hour to make his way past Sattawat Pongnairat, 21-16 21-10.
Brian Yang made it 2-0 beating Calvin Lin 21-17 21-9, before Ho-Shue returned with Nyl Yakura to hold off Phillip Chew/Sattawat Pongnairat 21-18 21-18.
With the continental championships victory, Canada qualified to the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup finals in the men’s and women’s categories.