TOP seed in the Boys Under-17 Singles, Jamaica's Samuel Ricketts and compatriot Jamari Rose, unseeded in the Boys Under-19 Singles, fell out of medal contention at the Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships at Badminton Alberta in Canada.
Ricketts crashed out in the quarter-final Friday to home boy and unseeded Calvin Che, who won the 41-minute encounter, 19-21, 21-11, 22-20, while Rose progressed as far as the quarter-final where he also lost to a Canadian, unseeded Andrew D'Souza, who took 21 minutes to win, 21-4, 21-7.
Ricketts put a solid fight against Che, posting 18 smash winners, 17 net winners and nine winners, while Che had 16 smash winners, 19 net winners, and 18 clear winners.
D'Souza, meanwhile, dominated with seven winners. Rose had only two smash winners, one net winner, two clear winners, and 15 from
Ricketts, who got a bye to the second round of the Under-17 Boys Singles where he beat American Ryan Chew, 21-8, 21-14, partnered with Katherine Wynter in the Under-17 Mixed Doubles. But they were knocked out in the second round by Canadians Jason Ho-Shue and Michelle Tong, who won the 15-minute contest, 21-6, 21-7.
In the first round of the Under-17 Mixed Doubles, Ricketts and Wynter overpowered Brazilians Maicon Guimaraes and Paloma Alves, 21-11, 21-10.
Meanwhile, in the Under-19 Boys Doubles, Ricketts and Rose were defeated in the second round to Peruvians Pablo Aguilar and Gonzalo Duany, 21-11, 21-15. The Jamaicans got a bye to that second round.
Wynter faltered in the first round of the Under-17 Girls Singles when she came up against American Stephanie Lam, who won, 21-14, 21-12.