Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Canadian Racquetball Championships - Doubles Titles

Vincent Gagnon and François Viens successfully defended their doubles title Tuesday by defeating Eric Desrochers and Mike Green, 15-9, 15-9, in the final at the Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. It's the second doubles title for Gagnon and Viens, but third overall for Viens, who also won it with Corey Osborne in 2003.

Earlier Tuesday Gagnon and Viens beat Tim and James Landeryou, 15-11, 15-5, in the semi-finals, while Desrochers and Green needed a tie-breaker to defeat Kris Odegard and Ryan Smith, 15-3, 13-15, 11-7.

In women's play, Jennifer Saunders and Josée Grand'Maître regained the Canadian women's doubles crown that they lost to Genevieve Brodeur and Véronique Guillemette last year by defeating the defending champions 15-7, 17-15. This makes it 5 doubles titles in 6 years for Saunders and Grand'Maître.

Brodeur and Guillemette served for the second game, but Saunders hit a volley pinch return off Guillemette's lob serve that rolled out of the front left corner to regain the serve.

The Canadian Nationals singles competitions begin on Wednesday with the finals slated for Saturday. The four top men's seeds are Green, Smith, Odegard and Gagnon, 1st through 4th respectively, while on the women's side Saunders is the top seed followed by Grand'Maître, Frédérique T. Lambert, and Brandi Jacobson Prentice.

Canadian National Championships - Doubles

Men's - Vincent Gagnon & François Viens d. Eric Desrochers & Mike Green, 15-9, 15-9
Women's - Jennifer Saunders & Josée Grand'Maître d. Genevieve Brodeur & Véronique Guillemette, 15-7, 17-15

Follow the bouncing ball....

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