Friday, May 22, 2015

Seven of eight top seeds through to the semis at Canadian Racquetball Championships

Valerie Fallu had the only upset win in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Canadian National Racquetball Championships in Burnaby, B.C., as she beat 3rd seed Christine Richardson, 15-9, 15-6, in the Women's Singles quarters Thursday. Fallu will play Jennifer Saunders in the semi-finals on Friday after Saunders defeated Brigitte Richard, 15-7, 15-1.

On the top half of the women's draw, Frédérique Lambert defeated Alexis Iwaasa, 15-3, 15-6, and Michèle Morissette beat Linda Ellerington, 15-9, 15-9, to set up an all Québec battle in the other semi-final.

The top four men's seeds are through to the semis, although 2nd seed Samuel Murray only squeaked by Nathaniel Husulak, 5-15, 15-9, 12-10. Murray will play Vincent Gagnon in the semis, after Gagnon beat James Landeryou, 17-15, 15-5.

The top half of the men's draw features a semi that some probably think should be the final, as Canadian #1 Mike Green will face off with 4th seed Coby Iwaasa. In their respective quarters, Green beat Lee Connell, 15-10, 15-10, and Iwaasa defeated Tim Landeryou, 15-8, 15-0.

Green is trying to win his 10th Canadian Men's Singles Championship, which would tie him with Sherman Greenfeld. Iwaasa has had impressive results on the men's pro tours this season, including a tournament win on the World Racquetball Tour and a victory over Jose Rojas on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) last weekend.

The singles semi-finals go Friday with the finals on Saturday. This is the last opportunity for players to earn points that will qualify them to be on the Canadian National Team that will compete at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto in July.

Racquetball Canada National Championships
Rev's, Burnaby, British Colombia

Men's Open Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Mike Green d. Lee Connell, 15-10, 15-10
Coby Iwaasa d. Tim Landeryou, 15-8, 15-0

Vincent Gagnon d. James Landeryou, 17-15, 15-5
Samuel Murray d. Nathaniel Husulak, 5-15, 15-9, 12-10

Semi-finals - Friday

Mike Green v. Coby Iwaasa
Samuel Murray v. Vincent Gagnon

Women's Open Singles

Quarterfinals - Thursday

Frédérique Lambert d. Alexis Iwaasa, 15-3, 15-6
Michele Morissette d. Linda Ellerington, 15-9, 15-9

Valerie Fallu d. Christine Richardson, 15-9, 15-6
Jennifer Saunders d. Brigitte Richard, 15-7, 15-1

Semi-finals - Friday

Frédérique Lambert v. Michele Morissette
Jennifer Saunders v. Valerie Fallu

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