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American teams advance in badminton championships

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The men's doubles team of Tony Gunawan
and Howard Bach were the only entrants from the United States to
win a first-round match Monday at the International Badminton
Federation's world championships.
Gunawan and Bach, seeded 13th, will play the Czech Republic's
Jan Vondra and Jan Frolich after routing Wales' Matthew Hughes and
Martyn Lewis, 15-0, 15-3.
Gunawan, who lives in Fullerton, Calif., won the 2000 Olympic
gold medal in men's doubles for Indonesia. He and Bach have played
together for 11 months.
Californians Eva Lee and Mesinee Mangkalakiri also advanced to
the second round in women's doubles when Singapore's Sari Shinta
Mulya and Xing Aiying withdrew due to injury.
The 19-year-old Lee, from Orange, and 22-year-old Mangkalakiri,
from Garden Grove, will face Liza Parker and Suzanne Rayappan of
England on Tuesday.
The last Americans to reach the second round in women's doubles
were Janis Tan and Elie Wu in 2001 in Seville, Spain.
Lee was beaten by Estonia's Kati Tolmoff 10-13, 13-11, 11-1 in
Monday's first round of women's singles.
In men's singles, Eric Go of Orange, Calif. lost to Canada's
Andrew Dabeka, 9-15, 15-3, 15-1 in first-round action.
Elsewhere, England's top-seeded Nathan Roberston and Gail Emms
withdrew from the mixed doubles competition after Robertson
sprained his right ankle during practice Sunday.
Robertson and Emms, who won the 2004 Olympic silver medal in
Athens, had been seeded into the third round.
Thailand's Songpol Anukritayawan and Kulchala Worawichitchaikul,
the English pair's third-round opponent, will advance to the
quarterfinals by walkover.
Denmark's third-seeded Peter Gade advanced to the second round
in men's singles by routing Guatemala's Pedro Yang, 15-0, 15-1.
Three of the four remaining top seeds will begin play Wednesday.
China's Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen, Olympic gold medalists in
women's doubles last year, will face Bulgaria's Diana Dimova and
Linda Zechiri on Tuesday.