The men's singles competition got underway Wednesday in Edmonton at the 2009 Canadian National Racquetball Championships, and the script went pretty much according to form. Top seed Mike Green is on track to defend his title, as he beat Nathaniel Husulak in the Round of 16, 15-8, 15-4, setting up a Quarter Final contest with Lee Connell, who defeated James Landeryou in the Round of 16 15-7, 15-1, and Danny Tarrabain 15-4, 15-8 in the Round of 32.
No other top seeds have been knocked off, although fourth seed Vincent Gagnon needed a tie-breaker to beat junior Pedro Castro, 15-8, 5-15, 11-2. Gagnon will play Eric Desrochers on Thursday. Desrochers had a close match with current Canadian Junior Champion, Colin Mohr, winning 16-14, 16-14. Mohr was up 14-12 in the second game, but couldn't manage to win it to force a tie-breaker.
In women's play, only two games happened Wednesday in the first round, as Brigitte Richard defeated Alison Schlichemeyer, 16-14, 15-7, and Christine Richardson beat Catherine Nichols- Dickinson, 15-1, 15-5.
Richardson will next play top seed Jennifer Saunders with Richard facing second seed Josée Grand'Maître on Thursday.
The Canadian Nationals singles competitions continue Thursday with the finals slated for Saturday.
Canadian National Championships
Men's Singles - Round of 32
Ryan Smith d. Darryl Thomas, 15-3, 15-0
Kris Odegard d. Glen Yaretz, 15-11, 15-8
Vincent Gagnon d. Cam Bourque, 15-1, 15-2
Eric Desrochers d. Logan Hordyski, 15-9, 15-8
Tim Landeryou d. Graham Richardson, 15-3, 15-3
Francis Guillemette d. Kurtis Cullen, 15-10, 15-3
James Landeryou d. Troy Brooks, 15-13, 15-7
Lee Connell d. Danny Tarrabain, 15-4, 15-8
Sean Barclay d. Tanner Mattson, 15-4, 15-7
Conrad Cole d. Mathieu Messier, 13-15, 15-11, 11-5
Colin Mohr d. Simon Rainville, 15-6, 15-11
Pedro Castro d. Rich Threlfall, 15-11, 15-11
Sebastien Boissonneault d. Tommy Murray, 12-15, 15-7, 12-10
Jamie Slamko d. Kevin Caouette, 15-7, 11-15, 11-9
Nathaniel Husulak d. Josh Keil, 15-8, 8-15, 11-1
Round of 16
Michael Green d. Nathaniel Husulak, 15-8, 15-4
Ryan Smith d. Jamie Slamko, 15-3, 15-3
Kris Odegard d. Sebastien Boissonneault, 15-2, 15-4
Vincent Gagnon d. Pedro Castro, 15-8, 5-15, 11-2
Eric Desrochers d. Colin Mohr, 16-14, 16-14
Tim Landeryou d. Conrad Cole, 15-2, 15-3
Francis Guillemette d. Sean Barclay, 10-15, 15-4, 11-8
Lee Connell d. James Landeryou, 15-7, 15-1
Quarter-finals - Thursday
Eric Desrochers vs Vincent Gagnon
Kris Odegard vs Tim Landeryou
Francis Guillemette vs Ryan Smith
Michael Green vs Lee Connell
Women's Singles - Round of 16
Brigitte Richard d. Alison Schlichemeyer, 16-14, 15-7
Christine Richardson d. Catherine Nichols- Dickinson, 15-1, 15-5
Quarter finals - Thursday
Jennifer Saunders vs Christine Richardson
Geneviève Brodeur vs Brandi Jacobson Prentice
Frédérique T. Lambert vs Denise Haynes
Brigitte Richard vs Josée Grand'Maître
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