Pan Am: Michelle Li faces doubles partner in women’s singles final

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Michelle Li (right) takes on own doubles partner Rachel Honderich (left) in Pan Am final. (photo: Getty Images)

Toronto: Have you ever wonder what it would be like when your close friend suddenly turn against you? While it is not as dramatic as it seems, Michelle Li and Rachel Honderich who won bronze medal together in women’s doubles at the 2015 Pan Am Games, are set to face off against each other in the Pan Am badminton women’s singles final on Thursday.Michelle Li (right) takes on own doubles partner Rachel Honderich (left) in Pan Am final. (photo: Getty Images)

While Michelle Li and Rachel Honderich often play and train together in women’s doubles, to match up against their own partner in the grand final of an international tournament would be an interesting one.

 

“I am still battling an injury I sustained at the Canadian Open few weeks ago, but I think I can still play even though I am not at my best,” said the 23-year-old Li.

Meanwhile, in the women’s doubles final, the top-ranked women’s tandem of Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana of the United States overwhelmed second seeds Lohaynny Vicente/Luana Vicente of Brazil 21-14, 21-6 to successfully claim their third successive Pan Am women’s doubles title on Wednesday.

Philip Chew and Sattawat Pongnairat of USA were made to work hard before breaking through Brazilians Hugo Arthuso/Daniel Paiola’s resistance to lift the Pan Am men’s doubles title, winning 21-18, 21-16.

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