Saturday, May 23, 2009

Canadian National Championships - Semi-final Results

Top seeds Mike Green and Jennifer Saunders successfully made the finals by winning their semi-final matches Friday at the 2009 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Edmonton.

As Green only eked out a victory in the quarter finals Thursday, some were suggesting he would not make it past his semi-final match against 4th seed Vince Gagnon, especially as Gagnon had played so well in his quarter final. However, Green controlled their match throughout, drive serving well, and follow up with rally winning shots as necessary, winning 15-1, 15-12.

Third seed Kris Odegard will be Green's opponent in Saturday's final, as seventh seed Francis Guillemette had to default his match with Odegard in game two due to a left ankle injury. Guillemette's trouble was obvious during the first game, as he was only able to get on the board after Odegard had 13 points. The final score line was 15-2, 6-1 injury default.

It was Guillemette's first semi-final appearance in singles at the Canadian Championships.

A win Saturday will make it six titles for Green, the third most all time behind Lindsay Myers with seven titles and Sherman Greenfeld with 10.

Odegard is going for his second title, as he won it in 2007, when he defeated Green in the final.

Saunders defeated Brandi Jacobson Prentice in her semi-final match, 15-7, 15-11. Jacobson Prentice had a 10-3 lead in game two, but was not able to transform that lead into a tie-breaker.

Saunders will face current Canadian Junior Champion Frédérique T. Lambert in the final, as third seeded Lambert upset the second seed, Josée Grand'Maître, 15-10, 13-15, 11-7.

All the finals of the 2009 Canadian Nationals singles competitions are slated for Saturday.

Canadian National Championships
Men's Singles - Semi-finals (seeds)

(1) Michael Green d. (4) Vincent Gagnon, 15-1, 15-12
(3) Kris Odegard d. (7) Francis Guillemette, 15-2, 6-1 injury default

Women's Singles - Semi finals
(1) Jennifer Saunders d. (4) Brandi Jacobson Prentice, 15-7, 15-11
(3) Frédérique T. Lambert d. (2) Josée Grand'Maître, 15-10, 13-15, 11-7

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