Feature photo: Rachel Honderich & Michelle Li will meet in all-Canadian Pan Am women’s singles final (Photo: City of Markham).
Entering Tuesday, Canada was guaranteed six badminton podiums by virtue of semifinalists all receiving medals.
While two Canadian teams did lose and receive bronze medals, four others – in singles and mixed doubles – will win silver or better by advancing to the final. One of those matches, the women’s singles, will feature an all-Canadian showdown between doubles teammates Rachel Honderich and Michelle Li in Markham, Ontario on Thursday.
To start the day Honderich and Li lost 2-0 (21-11, 21-8) to Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana of the United States. The evening semifinal saw Alex Bruce and her teammate Phyllis Chan bettered by Brazil’s Lohaynny Vicente and Luana Vicente 2-0 (22-20, 21-14). Neither Canadian women’s team advanced to the final, but each win a bronze medal.
Toby Ng and his partner Bruce took out Brazilians Alex Yuwan Tjong and Lohaynny Vicente 2-0 (21-17, 21-16). They will play for gold on Thursday, July 16th.
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Canada’s Toby Ng and Alex Bruce celebrate during mixed doubles semifinal play against Brazil at the Markham Pan Am Centre, July 14, 2015. Photo by @NickIwanyshyn – This is *almost* the picture I wanted to make. Fell for the classic orange shirt in the background trick again.
In the first semifinal of the day Toronto’s Honderich decisively eliminated Iris Wang of the United States; the score ended up 2-0 (21-15, 21-11). That opened the possibility for an all-Canadian final with 23-year-old Li in the other semifinal.
Li defeated Jamie Subandhi of the United States 2-1 (21-11, 19-21, 21-15) to set up Thursday’s gold medal match against her national teammate Honderich.
Ottawa’s Andrew D’Souza had a comeback victory over Osleni Guerrero of Cuba 2-1 (13-21, 21-14, 21-13) in their semifinal. That sets up another final for Canada on Thursday, where D’Souza will face Kevin Cordon of Guatemala.