Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Men's top seeds lose in semi-finals at Canadian Racquetball Championships

The #1 seeds in Men's Open Doubles - Eric Desrochers and Pedro Castro lost in the semi-finals at the 2013 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Langley, B.C., but they did not go quietly as 4th seeds Lee Connell and Francis Guillemette needed three games, two of which went into extra points before they defeated the top seeds, 15-10, 16-18, 13-11.

The other semi-final was not nearly as close, as 2nd seeds Mike Green and Coby Iwaasa defeated 6th seeds Samuel Murray and Tommy Murray, 15-3, 15-6.

Thus, the Men's Final will feature a team without a National Championship in Connell and Guillemette against one with a player who has won seven Canadian doubles titles in Green and the rising young gun in Iwaasa, who at 16 is the current Canadian U18 and U16 Champion in singles.

Women's Division

In women's action, defending champions Jennifer Saunders and Josée Grand'Maître won again on Monday, as they beat 3rd seeds Frédérique Lambert and Michele Morissette, 15-6, 15-4. Also, 2nd seeds Brigitte Richard and Christine Richardson defeated Valerie Fallu and Alexis Iwaasa, 15-7, 15-4.

That gives Saunders and Grand'Maître two wins and no losses with both Lambert and Morissette and Richard and Richardson on one win and one loss. Fallu and Iwaasa have no wins and two losses.

Depending on how matches go on Tuesday, a tie-breaking formula may be needed to determine the National Champion, although the defending champs have their fate in their own hands, as if they win, they will repeat as National Champions.

The Canadian Racquetball Championships have the doubles competitions on the first three days and then singles competitions on the last four days.

2013 Canadian Racquetball Championships
Langley, B.C.
(with seeding)

Men's Open

Semi-finals - Monday

4 Lee Connell & Francis Guillemette d. 1 Eric Desrochers & Pedro Castro, 15-10, 16-18, 13-11
2 Mike Green & Coby Iwaasa d. 6 Samuel Murray & Tommy Murray, 15-3, 15-6

Final - Tuesday

2 Mike Green & Coby Iwaasa v. 4 Lee Connell & Francis Guillemette

Quarter finals - Monday

1 Eric Desrochers & Pedro Castro d. 8 Kurtis Cullen & Tanner Mattson, 15-4, 15-6
4 Lee Connell & Francis Guillemette d. 5 Nathaniel Husulak & Barret Husulak, 15-1, 11-15, 11-0

6 Samuel Murray & Tommy Murray d. 3 Tim Landeryou & James Landeryou, 15-7, 15-6
2 Mike Green & Coby Iwaasa d. 7 Hugo Laprise & Sebastian Juteau, 15-12, 15-8

Women's Open

Round 2 - Monday

1 Jennifer Saunders & Josée Grand'Maître d. 3 Frédérique Lambert & Michele Morissette, 15-6, 15-4
2 Christine Richardson & Brigitte Richard d. 4 Valerie Fallu & Alexis Iwaasa, 15-8, 15-9

Round 3 - Tuesday

1 Jennifer Saunders & Josée Grand'Maître v. 2 Christine Richardson & Brigitte Richard
3 Frédérique Lambert & Michele Morissette v. 4 Valerie Fallu & Alexis Iwaasa

Follow the bouncing ball….

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