Results of the 2019 Yonex Canadian National Championships
February 4, 2019
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The 2019 Yonex Canadian National Championships was held at the Glencoe Club, in Calgary, Alberta. The Championships showcased some of Canada’s best talent, from Wednesday, January 30th to Saturday, February 2nd. With nearly 100 athletes in attendance, the stage was set for an exciting week of competition.
In Men’s Singles event, the top two seeds met in the gold medal match to determine Canada’s top men’s singles player. Number two ranked Brian Yang (ON) defeated the top seeded Jason Ho-shue (ON) (21-17,21-13) in impressive fashion to take home the gold medal in two straight games! This marked Brian’s first National Championship win, making him the youngest National Champion at 17 years old. In the bronze medal final, Imran Wadia (AB) fought back after losing the first game to defeat Br Sankeerth (ON) (17-21,21-15,21-17) in a thrilling three game match.
It was a thrilling Women’s Singles final between Canada’s top female players – Michelle Li (ON) and Brittney Tam (ON). After a close first game going to extra points, Michelle Li overcame a late surge in the second game from Brittney Tam (ON) (23-21,21-19) to take home the gold medal, and her 5th National Championship title. In the bronze medal final featured two top junior players, Talia Ng (ON) needed only two games to defeat Wendy Wen Yu Zhang (BC) (21-10,21-19).
In Men’s Doubles, the gold medal was claimed by Jason Ho-shue (ON) and Nyl Yakura (ON) after they defeated a tough pair of Joshua Hurlburt-Yu (ON) and Duncan Yao (BC) (21-19,21-19) in a dramatic and close two game match. The bronze medal final showcased another competitive match, the pair of Toby Ng (BC) and BR Sankeerth (ON) took on Jon Lai (ON) and Desmond Wang (AB) to win (21-19, 21-17) and take home the bronze medal.
In Women’s Doubles, the gold medal match featured Canada’s top ranked pair of Rachel Honderich (ON) and Kristen Tsai (BC) who faced off against a tough pair in Michelle Li (ON) and Talia Ng (ON). Honderich and Tsai captured the gold medal over Li and Ng in convincing fashion (21-10,21-12) to solidify their spot as Canada’s top women’s pair. The bronze medal match, featuring the second ranked pair of Catherine Choi (ON) and Josephine Wu (AB), went on to defeat Michelle Tong (ON) and Takeisha Wang (AB) (21-15, 21-14) in an impressive outing.
The Mixed Doubles final featured the unranked pair of Joshua Hurlburt-Yu (ON) and Josephine Wu (ON), taking on Ty Lindeman (AB) and Rachel Honderich (ON) who were also unranked. It would be Hurlburt-Yu and Wu who would win outright (21-10, 21-16) to take home the Mixed Doubles gold medal. The bronze medal match featured the two 3/4 seeds; the pair of Nyl Yakura (ON) and Kristen Tsai(BC) defeated Toby Ng (BC) and Michelle Li (ON) in a thrilling three game match (21-17, 16-21, 21-12) to solidify the bronze medal.
Thanks to generous donations from The Glencoe Club members and partners, the host committee was able to generate a prize purse of $20,000. These funds will be distributed to the medal winners to help aid their pursuit of excellence. You too can help support our National Team athletes by dontating to the Badminton Vision2020 Campaign by heading over to badmintonvision2020.com
Looking to relive the experience; the final matches can be also be watched on the Badminton Canada YouTube page, or the Badminton Canada Facebook page.