Phillip and Ryan Chew Go Down Fighting in Final Group Play Match at Tokyo 2020

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In their final game of group play for men’s doubles, U.S. pair Phillip Chew and Ryan Chew faced Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel. Both pairs were 0-2 after facing Japan and China. The American pair struggled to a slow start in the first game, falling 10-21.

In the second game, the brothers still found themselves behind 6-11 at the interval. However, they were able to turn the tide as they picked up points in bunches. They pulled even at 11-11 and continued to trade points with the German pair. Despite their efforts, a win would elude them once more as they ultimately lost 16-21. 

“Both us and the Germans (… ) lost to the Japanese and the Chinese,” Ryan said after the match concluded, “So we knew we weren’t getting out but we were going to go in and put in all our effort (… ) and try to take the last game.”

Ryan expressed his gratefulness at being able to be a part of Tokyo 2020, saying “It was just an honor getting to play at this level and caliber and also getting to play with my brother.” 

As for words of wisdom for up-and-coming players in the U.S., Phillip said “I think the biggest advice I can give anyone, especially younger people, is to follow your dreams. If badminton is something you want to do professionally and want to try and qualify for the Olympics, go for it and give it your all so you don’t regret it later on in life.” 

Next up for the U.S. on July 28th is women’s singles player Beiwen Zhang’s final match of group play that will be played on Court 3 at 10:20 AM JST (9:20 PM EDT on July 27th). 

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