Paula Lynn Obañana

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Paula Lynn Obanana
Personal information
Birth namePaula Lynn Parrocho Obañana
Country United States
Born (1985-03-19) 19 March 1985 (age 34)
Dumaguete City, Philippines
ResidenceMinneapolis–Saint Paul, United States
Height1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachAlistair Casey
Johanna Lee
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking17 (WD 2 April 2015)
63 (XD 30 July 2019)
BWF profile

Paula Lynn Parrocho Obañana (born 19 March 1985) is a Filipino-American badminton player who was originally from Dumaguete, Philippines.[1][2] In 2015, she won the women's doubles gold medals at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada partnered with Eva Lee.[3] In 2016, she competed at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[4]

Personal lifes[edit]

Obañana, started training at the age of 10 during her elementary years at the Silliman University Elementary School. She later joined the High School Badminton Varsity Team at Silliman University and was subsequently awarded Athlete of the Year", Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year “ and “Most Valuable Player”.[5] After graduating from high school she was recruited on a scholarship at the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines where she eventually obtained her bachelor's degree. She Left the Philippines in 2006, where her mother's Nenita Obanana had been recruited to work as a nurse in Minnesota. Obanana officially became a U.S. citizen in May 2011.[6]

Achievements[edit]

Pan American Games[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Atos Markham Pan Am Centre,
Toronto, Canada
United States Eva Lee Brazil Lohaynny Vicente
Brazil Luana Vicente
21–14, 21–6 Gold Gold
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Eva Lee Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Michelle Li
21–12, 16-21, 19-21 Bronze Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Polideportivo 3,
Lima, Peru
United States Howard Shu Canada Nyl Yakura
Canada Kristen Tsai
15–21, 15–21 Bronze Bronze
2011 Multipurpose Gymnasium,
Guadalajara, Mexico
United States Howard Bach Canada Toby Ng
Canada Grace Gao
11–21, 21–19, 14–21 Bronze Bronze

Pan Am Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Markham Pan Am Centre,
Markham, Canada
United States Eva Lee Brazil Lohaynny Vicente
Brazil Luana Vicente
23–21, 21–14 Gold Gold
2013 Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto,
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
United States Eva Lee Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Phyllis Chan
21–15, 21–13 Gold Gold

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 U.S. Grand Prix United States Eva Lee Chinese Taipei Hsieh Pei-chen
Chinese Taipei Wu Ti-jung
16–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Yonex / K&D Graphics International United States Eva Lee United States Jing Yu Hong
United States Beiwen Zhang
17–21, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Tahiti International United States Eva Lee Japan Akane Araki
Japan Ayaka Kawasaki
13–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Austrian Open United States Eva Lee Russia Ekaterina Bolotova
Russia Evgeniya Kosetskaya
11–21, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Chile International Challenge United States Eva Lee Brazil Lohaynny Vicente
Brazil Luana Vicente
21–17, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Bulgarian International United States Eva Lee Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
14–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Guatemala International United States Eva Lee Germany Johanna Goliszewski
Germany Carla Nelte
18–21, 22–24 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 USA International United States Eva Lee Japan Naoko Fukuman
Japan Kurumi Yonao
10–21, 23–25 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Guatemala International United States Eva Lee Brazil Paula B Pereira
Brazil Fabiana Silva
11–3, 11–3, 11–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Peru International United States Eva Lee Canada Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
21–14, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Bulgarian International United States Eva Lee Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
15–21, 10–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Canadian International United States Eva Lee Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Phyllis Chan
15–21, 14–21 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Tahiti International United States Eva Lee Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Michelle Li
21–13, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Polish Open United States Eva Lee England Mariana Agathangelou
England Heather Olver
12–21, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Austrian International United States Eva Lee Malaysia Ng Hui Ern
Malaysia Ng Hui Lin
16–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2012 Swedish Masters United States Eva Lee England Mariana Agathangelou
England Heather Olver
15–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Norwegian International United States Eva Lee Netherlands Lotte Jonathans
Netherlands Paulien Van Dooremalen
17–21, 21–6, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Brazil International United States Eva Lee Canada Alex Bruce
Canada Michelle Li
21–14, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Guatemala International United States Eva Lee Canada Grace Gao
Canada Joycelyn Ko
19–21, 21–18, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Brazil International United States Eva Lee United States Iris Wang
United States Rena Wang
14–21, 21–11, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2009 Miami Pan Am International United States Priscilla Lun Spain Sandra Chirlaque
Peru Alejandra Monteverde
22–20, 13–21, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Cote d'Ivoire International United States Howard Shu Egypt Ahmed Salah
Egypt Hadia Hosny El Said
21–16, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Benin International United States Howard Shu Australia Pit Seng Low
Australia Louisa Ma
21–12, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Peru International United States Howard Shu Brazil Fabricio Farias
Brazil Jaqueline Lima
21–17, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Mauritius International United States Howard Shu United States Vinson Chiu
United States Breanna Chi
17–21, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Uganda International United States Howard Shu United States Vinson Chiu
United States Breanna Chi
21–9, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Miami International United States Phillip Chew Sri Lanka Lasitha Menaka Karunathilake
Sri Lanka Renu Chandrika Hettiarachchige
21–18, 17–21, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players: Paula Lynn Obanana". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Athletes: Paula Lynn Obanana Badminton". www.teamusa.org. Badminton USA. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Badminton - Athlete Profile: Obanana Paula Lynn". results.toronto2015.org. Toronto 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Paula Lynn Obanana". www.rio2016.com. Rio 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Silliman Alumnus competes in Olympics" (PDF). Silliman University Alumni Association, Inc. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Minnesotan Paula Lynn Obanana living dream in Rio Olympics". www.startribune.com. Star Tribune. Retrieved 20 December 2016.

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