2018 USAB Masters International

July 25-29
Boston Badminton Club
Westborough, MA

Competition for masters athletes age 35 and above in 5-year age groups

Schedule of competition (preliminary)

Wednesday……….July 25………..9 am – 6 pm………50 to 70 age groups
Thr, Fri……………..July 26,27……9 am – 6 pm……….All age groups
Saturday ………….July 28………..9 am – 5 pm……….Semi-Finals & Finals
Sunday ……………July 29………..9 am – 3 pm……….Finals

Entry open: Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:00 AM (GMT -04:00)
Entry deadline: Thursday, July 5, 2018 11:59 PM (GMT -04:00)
Withdrawal deadline: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:59 PM (GMT -04:00)
Fees:……..$50 for first event (includes $10 facility fee); $40 each additional event

For more information please see tournamentsoftware.com (search for ‘USAB Masters’)
or contact Tournament Director Beth Sopka

Northeast Badminton Judy Devlin’s Fund Awardees Named

Six Northeast athletes have been awarded the Judy Devlin Fund for Excellence in Badminton based on their past year’s performances in regional and national competitions. Representing three of the thirteen states composing the Northeast Badminton Association (NEBA) region, these athletes represent exceptional leadership with outstanding tournament results. NEBA takes great pride in the junior development that our region has been enjoying in recent years. All five juniors qualified to compete in the USAB Junior National competition being held in Milwaukee, WI and in the Pan-Am Junior Badminton Championships being held in Salvadore, Brazil this summer. Sanchita Pandey and Ryan Zheng also qualified to compete in the World Junior Championships in Markham, Canada in November.

The junior awardees are:
Kai Chong – Acton, MA
Sanchita Pandey – Sterling, VA
Andrew Yuan – Paramus, NJ
Annabelle Zhang – Wayland, MA
Ryan Zheng – Natick, MA

The adult awardee is:
Nicholas Waller – Natick, MA

The Judy Devlin Fund for Excellence in Badminton was established by NEBA in 2012 with support from a small group of donors recognizing the daunting costs faced by athletes and their families who work hard to excel in this under-recognized, underfunded sport. The fund is named in honor of Judy Devlin who was born in Baltimore, MD. She trained with her father and went on to win 86 national and international titles including three Uber Cups for the USA in 1957, 1960 and 1963. It continues to be supported by private donations and accepts applications for athletes of all ages in the Northeast Region with demonstrated ability and opportunity to compete at the top national and international levels. Our most grateful thank you goes out to all of the people who donated to this fund! We are happy to announce that we raised more than $1,100 including the extremely generous tripling matching contribution from Boston Badminton! We ask for your continued support of the Fund and the Badminton athletes in the Northeast region.

The Northeast Badminton Association is the regional representative to USA Badminton, the national governing body for the sport of badminton as designated by the US Olympic Committee, and includes the District of Columbia as well as the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. The mission of NEBA is to provide encouragement and further the growth and development of the game of badminton for players of all ages and levels from juniors through seniors, from grassroots / recreational to world elite. NEBA was first organized in 1936 at the same time as the American Badminton Association, the forerunner of USA Badminton.

Boston Open 2018

by Michele Cruz

Hordes of badminton enthusiasts descended on MIT gym in Cambridge, Massachusetts to witness the 47th annual Boston Badminton Open, with a total cash prize of $25,000.  This is considered to be one of the biggest and most awaited tournaments in the USA, second only to the US Open.  Top players from all over the country compete for the prestigious titles, even attracting national players, ex-national players, and coaches.  Every year, the competition gets tougher and tougher and the audience gets bigger and bigger.

Seeded #1 Beiwen Zheng (NV) was the big winner taking both the WS and WD title with partner, Jing Yu Hong (CA), beating out Olympians Eva Lee (CA) and her WD partner, Paula Obanana (CA), 21-16, 21-15, in an exciting match.

Sanchita Pandey (VA) challenged Beiwen Zheng in the WS final, defeating #2 seed, Monika Szoke in a grueling 3 setter match.  Natalie Chi, another elite junior from California fell in quarter finals to the youngster from Virginia.  The youngster showed great composure and heart during the match, but in the end lost 12-21, 17-21.

In the MS, #5/8 seed, Binghong Ye, former Chinese national player currently residing in Illinois, created several upsets taking out Charles Gu (CA) and #3/4 seed, Kwong Beng Chan (CA).  Marky Alcala, #2 seed, also fell against the Chinese power house and eventually winning the MS title, 21-18, 21-9, against #1 seed, Pandu Dewantoro.

MD saw two new pairs emerging in the finals, Arya Aldiartama and Rangga Rianto from Maryland against Malaysians, Yao Han Ow and Hong Kheng Yew (#3/4 seed).  There was a lot of fast and furious exchanges with powerful smashes coming from both sides. The first set was taken by the Malaysians and in second set when the score was 19 all, Rianto served into the net, giving the Malaysians match point where they finally won 21-12, 21-19.

Eva Lee made her second appearance with partner Kwong Beng Chan (#5/8 seed) against new comers from Club28 in Philadelphia, Sutchon Pol-gul and his partner, Natch Saengchote.  The Thai duo were unchallenged until the semi-finals in an almost hour long match against crowd favorites, Eva and Kwong Beng.  The crowd was treated a game that showcased badminton at its best, but the title eventually went to the unseeded pair from Philadelphia.

Collegiate athlete, Angela Lin, was able to defend her triple crown with the help from partners Mengting Qui, and top seed, Lee Chern from Drexel University. Lee went on to secure second place in consolation MS and consolation MD with new partner, Benjamin Chen.

Daphne Chang and Neil Davies took home the senior XD defeating #2 seed, Sajith Vakail and Amy Cheng with a close first set 22-20, 21-14.

And with that, the three day Boston tournament concluded.  Three days of hard work that paid off for some and inspired others to work and train harder.  In the end, we all came to celebrate our love for the sport.

Congratulations to all the athletes!  Until next year…