LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Rena Wang of Arcadia lost today in a preliminary
stage women’s singles badminton match at London’s Wembley Arena, her Olympic
The 20-year-old Arcadia High School graduate lost to Xin Wang — who is
seeded second — 21-8, 21-6.
Rena Wang plans on returning to UCLA this fall after taking time off to
play in tournaments to raise her place in the World Badminton Federation
rankings to qualify for the Olympics. She is a biology major and hopes to
attend medical school.
She is coached by Tony Gunawan of West Covina, who teamed with partner
Howard Bach of Orange in a 21-15, 21-15 loss to Naoki Kawamae and Shoji Sato of
Japan today in their last preliminary stage men’s doubles match.
Bach and Gunawan’s hopes of advancing to the single-elimination
quarterfinals ended Sunday with a 21-12, 21-14 loss to Kien Keat Koo and Boon
Heong Tang of Malaysia in a preliminary stage match. Bach and Gunawan lost to
Jae Sung Jung and Yong Dae Lee of South Korea, 21-14, 21-19 on Saturday.
The winner of each of the eight four-team groups advanced to the single-
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