The top seeded Samuel Ricketts out of Jamaica, after getting a first round bye, comfortably put away Ryan Chew of the USA 21-8, 21-14 in today's Under-17 boys singles at the Pan American Junior Badminton Championships individual events.
He will next play Canada's Calvin Che in tomorrow morning's quarter-final one.
In his Under-19 singles, Jamari Rose (Jamaica) got a first round walk-over before defeating Gonzalo Duany of Peru, 15-21, 21-17, 21-12. A win in today's quarter-final match against Canada's Andrew D'Souza will guarantee Rose at least a bronze medal.
Jamaica's Katherine Wynter lost her first round Under-17 girls singles to Stephanie Lam of the USA, 14-21, 12-21. She next paired with Maria Delia Zambrano of Ecuador for the Under-17 girls doubles, but lost to Haramara Gaitan and Sabrina Solis of Mexico 7-21, 8-21.
In other doubles action, Ricketts paired with Jamari Rose in the Under-19 boys event. The pair lost their first match to Peruvians Pablo Aguilar and Duany, who he had earlier handed a singles defeat, 11-21, 15-21.
Ricketts and Katherine Wynter later defeated Maicon Guimaraes and Paloma Alves of Brasil 21-11, 21-10 in the first-round of the Under 17 mixed doubles before being put out in the next round by 3/4 seeds Jason Ho-Shue and Michelle Tong of Canada 6-21, 7-21.