Monday, October 19, 2009

US Open Finals Statistics

The Racquetball Blog's got some US Open finals statistics for you. In 13 years, the men's final has never gone 5 games. In fact, it's only gone 4 games on four occasions. And if you're in the men's final, you better the first game, because no man who's lost game one has come back to win the final.

However, three women have dropped game one in the final and come back to win the match. Jackie Paraiso and Rhonda Rajsich did it in 1999 and 2003, respectively, both against Christie Van Hees, who also did the trick facing Rajsich in 2005.

Moreover, the women's final has been three straight only 4 of the 13 years, and two of those were the first two finals when Michelle Gould defeated Cheryl Gudinas in '96 and Paraiso in '97. Twice the final has gone to a fifth game tie-breaker: in '99 when Paraiso beat Van Hees, and 2004 when Gudinas defeated Rajsich.

Thus, the women's US Open final has generally been more competitive than the men's final over the years.

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