CAMPINAS, BRAZIL: Nyl Yakura, a member of the Humber Hawks badminton team won the doubles title at the XX Pan Am Individual Championships this past week.
Golden Sweep for Canada – Finals: Pan Am Individual Championships
03 May, 2016 - Continental Championships
Canada's Jason Ho-Shue, Brittney Tam and Nyl Yakura returned with double titles as the XX Pan Am Individual Championships concluded on Sunday in Campinas, Brazil.
Ho-Shue (featured image) had it easy over Brazil's Artur Silva Pomoceno in the Men's Singles final, 21-17 21-11, while Tam defeated compatriot Stephanie Pakenham 21-11 21-19. Ho-Shue then partnered Nyl Yakura to take the Men's Doubles crown over compatriots Phillipe Gaumond/Maxime Marin 21-13 21-13.
Earlier, Tam and Yakura had clinched the Mixed Doubles title beating Nathan Osborne/Josephine Wu in an all-Canada final, 21-17 21-17.
Michelle Tong/Josephine Wu won the last final of the day, the Women's Doubles, holding off Paula La Torre Regal/Luz Maria Zornoza (Peru) 21-17 21-17.
Having led Brazil to the Pan Am team final, Men's Singles top seed Ygor Coelho de Oliveira was favourite to take the individual crown, but retired early in the second round against his compatriot Artur Silva Pomoceno, who went on to beat Canada's Luke Couture in the quarter-finals and Chile's Ivan Leon in the semi-finals. Ho-Shue, who won a close quarter-final against Brazil's Daniel Paiola, overcame another Brazilian, Alex Yuwan Tjong, in his semi-final.
Women's Singles top seed Lohaynny Vicente (Brazil) also did not last beyond the second round, as she handed a walkover to Brittney Tam. The Canadian enjoyed straight games wins in her quarter-final (over USA's Disha Gupta) and semi-finals (over Brazil's Paloma Eduardo Da Silva).