Sunday, February 15, 2009

Keystone Classic - Results

Jen Saunders and Tim Landeryou were double winners at the 35th annual Keystone Classic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They won their respective pro singles divisions and teamed up to win the men's open doubles division as well. The 2009 Keystone was an International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Tier 4 event and a Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) satellite event.

Saunders, playing in her hometown, had more difficulty winning, as she lost her first game in the finals to fellow Canadian Brandi Jacobson Prentice. Jacobson Prentice's excellent shot making got her the first game, but then veteran Saunders adjusted and took the match to her opponent, winning 3-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-2.

"I was happy with how I was able to adjust, especially serving," said Saunders.

Saunders and Jacobson Prentice may have just been happy to finish the tournament intact, as the other two players in the small draw suffered injuries. Samantha Cullen twisted her ankle during training the day before the tournament, and Stephanie Oteyza tore her medial collateral ligament during her match with Jacobson Prentice.

Landeryou fell behind 5-1 in the first game of his match against Lee Connell, the #1 seed, who he also trains with. But then Landeryou won the next 21 points to take games one and two and never looked back, winning 11-5, 11-0, 11-3. Connell, who'd been feeling under the weather during the weekend, was never on his game.

It was third seed Landeryou's second upset win in as many days, as he upset the hometown favorite and second seed Michael Burgess, 13-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-8, in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Saunders and Landeryou teamed up in men's doubles and defeated Burgess and Kurtis Cullen in that final, 15-8, 15-1.

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