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Pan-American Games: USA's Hales And Tang Storm Into Semis

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July 25, 1999 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Chris Hales and Yeping Tang of the USA stormed their way into the semifinals of the badminton mixed doubles event at the thirteenth edition of the Pan-American Games currently underway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In their quarterfinal match this evening, the American pair made good use of booming jumpsmashes and curving dropshots from the lefthanded Hales plus net kills and spinners from Tang as they demolished Bernardo Monreal and Gabriela Melgosa of Mexico 15-1 and 15-3.

Joining Hales and Tang in the mixed doubles semifinals are top-seeds Mario Carulla Schultz and Adrienn Kocsis of Peru, defending champions Iain Sydie and Denyse Julien of Canada, and the second-seeded Canadian combination of Brent Olynyk and Robbyn Hermitage.

Carulla Schultz and Kocsis had problems with Jamaicans Roy Paul and Nigella Saunders in the first game before prevailing 15-13 and 15-2. Sydie and Julien, who had not been listed in the original list of competitors but who were entered by the Canadian badminton association in place of qualifiers Mike Beres and Kara Solmundson, had occasional lapses in their quarterfinal matchup against Luis Lopezllero and Veronica Estrada of Mexico but Sydie's bullet-like crosscourt drives and thundering smashes helped carry the Canadian duo to a semifinal berth, 15-5 and 15-9.

Olynyk and Hermitage muddled their way past early patches of errors and outsteadied Bradley Graham and Shackerah Cupidon of Jamaica 15-10 and 15-4 in their elite eight contest.

In men's singles round-of-16 action, top seed Christian Erichsen of Guatemala ran into stiff opposition from Jose Pereda Cardenas of Cuba but prevailed 15-10 and 15-13. Second-seed Kevin Han of the U.S.A. had an easier day than Erichsen as he defeated Leandro Santos of Brazil 15-1 and 15-6.

Han is the only U.S.A. player left in the men's singles competition. Men's doubles specialist Howard Bach lost to Mario Carulla Schultz of Peru 9-15 and 13-15 in one of yesterday's first round matches and Chris Hales went down to defeat today at the hands of Pedro Yang Ruiz of Guatemala 11-15 and 9-15.

Third seed Mike Beres of Canada was eliminated by Carulla Schultz of Peru today 17-16, 13-15 and 8-15. Two Canadians stayed in contention for men's singles medals - Stuart Arthur who beat Guilherme Kumasaka of Brazil 15-3 and 15-6, and Andrew Dabeka who defeated Guillermo Cox of Peru 15-5 and 15-13.

Following are other results from yesterday's and today's badminton contests:

Men's Singles
Round-of-32 (played yesterday)
Jose Pereda Cardenas (Cuba) beat Oscar Brandon (Surinam) 15-10, 17-14
Guilherme Kumasaka (Brazil) beat Charles Darron (Trinidad-Tobago) 4-15, 15-4, 17-14
Luis Lopezllero (Mexico) beat Bradley Graham (Jamaica) 15-11, 13-15, 17-14
Guilherme Pardo (Brazil) beat Athelstone Forde (Barbados) 4-3 (Forde was injured and unable to continue)
Bernardo Monreal (Mexico) beat Brian Carter (Barbados) 15-3, 15-1
Jose Iturriaga (Peru) beat Robert Richards (Jamaica) 15-7, 15-4
Chris Hales (USA) beat Wilco Adijk (Netherlands Antilles) 15-0, 15-1
Andrew Dabeka (Canada) beat Hugo Madsen (Argentina) 15-0, 15-0
Guillermo Cox (Peru) beat Roy Paul (Jamaica) 15-6, 15-9
Leandro Santos (Brazil) beat Derrick Stjeward (Surinam) 15-4, 15-2
Round-of-16 (played today)
Pardo (Brazil) beat Lopezllero (Mexico) 15-10, 11-15, 15-6
Monreal (Mexico) beat Iturriaga (Peru) 15-12, 15-11

Women's Singles
Round-of-32 (played yesterday)
Lily Chen (USA) beat Dionne Forde (Barbados) 11-3, 11-1
Gabriella Rodriguez (Mexico) beat Fernanda Kumasaka (Brazil) 11-6, 5-11, 11-8
Yeping Tang (USA) beat Nathalie Hanes (Surinam) 11-2, 11-1
Yesenia Leon Ruiz (Cuba) beat Veronica Estrada (Mexico) 11-7, 9-11, 11-2
Sabrina Cassie (Trinidad-Tobago) beat Milangela Plate (Netherlands Antilles) 11-7, 11-8
Kathie Zimmerman (USA) beat Shackerah Cupidon (Jamaica) 11-8, 11-7
Round-of-16 (played today)
Adrienn Kocsis (Peru) beat Gabriella Melgosa (Mexico) 11-0, 11-1
Denyse Julien (Canada) beat Chen (USA) 11-3, 11-2
Nigella Saunders (Jamaica) beat Rodriguez (Mexico) 11-1, 11-2
Tang (USA) beat Edith Loza Capote (Cuba) 11-3, 11-2
Charmaine Reid (Canada) beat Leon Ruiz (Cuba) 11-1, 11-1
Ximena Bellido (Peru) beat Cassie (Trinidad-Tobago) 11-8, 11-3
Lorena Blanco (Peru) beat Zimmerman (USA) 11-9, 8-11, 11-0
Kara Solmundson (Canada) beat Cristina Nakano (Brazil) 11-3, 11-1

Men's Doubles
Round-of-16 (played today)
Guilherme Kumasaka and Leandro Santos (Brazil) beat Athelstone Forde and Brian Carter (Barbados) by walkover
Mario Carulla Schultz and Jose Iturriaga (Peru) beat Oscar Brandon and Derrick Stjeward (Surinam) 15-8, 15-4
Brent Olynyk and Iain Sydie (Canada) beat Christian Erichsen and Pedro Yang Ruiz (Guatemala) 15-1, 15-4
Luis Lopezllero and Bernardo Monreal (Mexico) beat Dean Schoppe and Matt Fogarty (USA) 15-13, 15-10

Women's Doubles
Round-of-16 (played today)
Adrienn Kocsis and Doriana Rivera (Peru) beat Gabriella Rodriguez and Aurora Salazar (Mexico) 15-10, 15-1
Stefanie Westermann and Kathie Zimmerman (USA) beat Ximena Bellido and Lorena Blanco (Peru) 15-10, 12-15, 15-6

Mixed Doubles
Round-of-16 (played yesterday)
Mario Carulla Schultz and Adrienn Kocsis (Peru) beat Leandro Santos and Fernanda Kumasaka (Brazil) 15-2, 15-5
Roy Paul and Nigella Saunders (Jamaica) beat Oscar Brandon and Nathalie Haynes (Surinam) 15-12, 15-4
Iain Sydie and Denyse Julien (Canada) beat Mark Manha and Stefanie Westermann (USA) 15-6, 12-15, 15-2
Luis Lopezllero and Veronica Estrada (Mexico) beat Wilco Adijk and Milangela Plate (Netherlands Antilles) 15-7, 15-4
Chris Hales and Yeping Tang (USA) beat Jose Pereda Cardenas and Edith Loza (Cuba) 15-3, 15-2
Bernardo Monreal and Gabriella Melgosa (Mexico) beat Brian Carter and Dionne Forde (Barbados) 15-9, 15-12
Bradley Graham and Shackerah Cupidon (Jamaica) beat Ricardo Trevelin and Cristina Nakano (Brazil) 10-15, 15-10, 15-11
Brent Olynyk and Robbyn Hermitage (Canada) beat Guillermo Cox and Sandra Jimeno (Peru) 15-5, 15-7


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