Teenager Rachel Chan sprung a big surprise at the Pan American Individual Badminton Championships following a stunning three-game victory over second seed Iris Wang in the women’s singles in Guatemala City.
Playing in her first event at this level, the 17-year-old Canadian overcame the American world number 36 with a 19-21 21-14 21-9 triumph.
Chan next faces top seed Beiwen Zhang of the United States who cruised past Canadian Talia Ng with a 21-16 21-8 success.
The men’s singles final will be an all-Canadian affair with Jason Anthony Ho-Shue taking on Brian Yang.
Second seed Yang is closing on his first Pan American title after coming from behind to defeat compatriot BR Sankeerth 19-21 21-9 21-9.
Ho-Shue, the 2016 champion, was also tested but came through in straight games, beating American fourth seed Kevin Cordon 21-17 21-18.
As well as being one win away from the singles title, Ho-Shue is also eyeing the men’s doubles crown alongside Nyl Yakura.
The duo proved too strong for home favourites Ruben Castellanos and Christopher Alexander Martinez Salvador as they claimed a 21-15 21-7 victory.
The Canadians will now take on American second seeds Phillip and Ryan Chew who prevailed 21-17 14-21 25-23 against Mexico’s Job Castillo and Luis Armando Montoya Navarro.
Women’s doubles top seeds Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai of Canada will face US pairing Francesca Corbett and Allison Lee in the final after both defeating Guatemalan opposition.
Honderich and Tsai beat Diana Corleto Soto and Nikte Alejandra Sotomayor 21-11, 21-14 while Corbett and Lee swept aside Alejandra Jose Paiz Quan and Mariana Isabel Paiz Quan with a 21-5, 21-13 thrashing.
In the mixed doubles, Canadian top seeds Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu booked their place in the final with a 21-12, 21-17 victory over third seeds Solis Jonathan and Diani Corleto Soto of Guatemala.
Hurlburt-Yu and Wu will face another Guatemalan pairing in the final after Christopher Alexander Martinez Salvador and Mariana Isabel Paiz Quan downed Mexicans Lopez Andres and Sabrina Solis 22-20, 21-19.
The tournament, which forms part of the qualification process for this year's postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, continues tomorrow.