Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Saunders & Grand'Maître, Green & Iwaasa win Canadian Doubles Championships

Jennifer Saunders and Josée Grand'Maître completed a successful defence of their national doubles title Tuesday at 2013 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Langley, B.C., but it wasn't easy the young team of Brigitte Richard and Christine Richardson, forced the Champs to a tie-breaker before losing, 15-9, 7-15, 11-5.

Richard and Richardson started the match well with a 5-1 lead in game one, but the veterans Saunders and Grand'Maître came back to tie it at 5-5. Richard and Richardson again went ahead 8-5, and again the veterans came back, tied it at 8-8 and went ahead.

Saunders and Grand'Maître kept the lead as they won game one, 15-9.

However, losing game one didn't dampen the spirits of Richard and Richardson, as they again took an early lead in game two at 4-0. They pressed on to 9-2, and won game two relatively comfortably, 15-7.

Richard and Richardson shot very well in game two and clearly had the momentum going into the tie-breaker.

In the tie-breaker, veterans Saunders and Grand'Maître took the early lead at 3-0, but Richard and Richardson then scored five straight points to lead 5-3.

However, that was all they would get as the Champions held them at 5 and went on to win it 11-5.

Saunders and Grand'Maître are two of the most decorated women in Canadian racquetball history. Their 2013 doubles title is the 14th for Grand'Maître and 9th for Saunders, which the most and 2nd most Canadian Women's Open Doubles titles, respectively.

Also on Tuesday, Frédérique Lambert and Michele Morissette defeated Valerie Fallu and Alexis Iwaasa, 15-12, 15-7.

That win put Lambert and Morissette in 2nd with Richard and Richardson in 3rd, and Fallu and Iwaasa in 4th.

Men's Open Doubles

Mike Green and Coby Iwaasa won the Men's Open Doubles title Tuesday night at the 2013 Canadian Racquetball Championships in Langley, B.C. They defeated Lee Connell and Francis Guillemette in the final, 15-5, 15-5.

For Iwaasa, it's his first Canadian Championship at the senior level, but the 16 year old is the Canadian U18 and U16 Junior Champion, as well as the U16 Junior World Champion.

However, the veteran Green, who's the #1 men's player in Canada, the win is his eighth doubles title to go with eight singles titles. He's the defending champion in singles and will try to make it nine starting on Wednesday.

Green's 16 Canadian titles are the most men's titles and five more than Wayne Bowes, who has second most with two singles and nine doubles titles.

The doubles competition at the Canadian Racquetball Championships wrapped Tuesday and the singles competition began Wednesday and will run through Saturday May 25 at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley, B.C.

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

Men's Open Doubles

- Mike Green & Coby Iwaasa d. Lee Connell & Francis Guillemette, 15-5, 15-5

3rd Place - Eric Desrochers & Pedro Castro d. Samuel Murray & Tommy Murray, 15-4, 15-8

5th Place - James Landeryou & Tim Landeryou d. Nathaniel Husulak & Barret Husulak, 15-4, 15-2

7th Place - Kurtis Cullen & Tanner Mattson d. Hugo Laprise & Sebastian Juteau, 15-10, 6-15, 11-7

9th Place - Mitch Brayley & Anthony Schonberger d. 11 Ryan Mosdell & Travis Einarson, 11-15, 15-7, 11-9

Women's Open Doubles

Round 3 - Tuesday

Jennifer Saunders & Josée Grand'Maître d. Christine Richardson & Brigitte Richard, 15-9, 7-15, 11-5

Frédérique Lambert & Michele Morissette d. Valerie Fallu & Alexis Iwaasa, 15-12, 15-7

Final Standings

1st Jennifer Saunders & Josée Grand'Maître
2nd Frédérique Lambert & Michele Morissette
3rd Christine Richardson & Brigitte Richard
4th Valerie Fallu & Alexis Iwaasa

Follow the bouncing ball….

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