Friday, May 27, 2016

Top seeds into semi-finals at the Canadian Racquetball Championships

No upsets in the Men's Singles quarterfinals at the Canadian Racquetball Championships in Burlington, Ontario on Thursday. Mike Green, the #1 seed, played well, and dispatched Nathaniel Husulak, 15-3, 15-0, and 2nd seed Tim Landeryou was also a straight game winner against Tommy Murray, 15-8, 15-8.

The other quarterfinal matches went tie-breaker, but the glass slippers broke for two players playing in their home province, as Corey Osborne and Eric Desrochers, lost in the quarters. Osborne, a former Men's Singes champion, fell to 5th seed James Landeryou, 15-13, 9-15, 11-8, and Desrochers lost to Nicolas Bousquet, 12-15, 15-4, 11-0.

Osborne came back in the breaker, and when he tied it at 8-8, it looked like he might pull it out another win, but three backhand winners by Landeryou ended the match. For Desrochers, he fell behind in the second game, and then seemed to decide to save himself for the tie-breaker, which seemed like a good strategic decision, but Bousquet carried the momentum into the breaker, and Desrochers couldn't turn the momentum in his favor.

The wins by the Landeryou brothers put them in the semi-finals for the first time, and set up a potential all Landeryou final. However, James, who is two years younger than Tim, will have to defeat Green to get there, which will be no mean feat.

In Women's Open, Michèle Morissette won a close match with Danielle Drury, 7-15, 15-3, 11-9, and Alexis Iwaasa defeated Murielle Boivin, 15-4, 15-7.

Racquetball Canada is live streaming some of the matches via their Facebook page.

The singles competition continues Friday. These championships are the last opportunity for players to earn points that will get them spots on the Canadian National Team that will compete at the 2016 World Championships in Cali, Colombia in July.

2016 Racquetball Canada National Championships
May 23-28, Burlington, Ontario

Men's Open


1) Mike Green d. 8) Nathaniel Husulak, 15-3, 15-0
5) James Landeryou d. 13) Corey Osborne, 15-13, 9-15, 11-8

6) Nicolas Bousquet d. 14) Eric Desrochers, 12-15, 15-4, 11-0
2) Tim Landeryou d. 7) Tommy Murray, 15-8, 15-8


1) Mike Green v. 5) James Landeryou
2) Tim Landeryou v. 6) Nicolas Bousquet

Women's Open

Group 1

Alexis Iwaasa d. Murielle Boivin, 15-4, 15-7

Group 2

Michèle Morissette d. Danielle Drury, 7-15, 15-3, 11-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

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