January - February 1997: Volume 8, Number 1
It's not often that people get to fully experience a complete thought process -- from "spark" to finish. More often, one person has the idea, someone else has the cash, another has the creativity and an agency on the coast has the contacts. In an interesting turn of events, promoter Doug Ganim and Promus Hotel Corporation CEO Ray Schultz, the pro tours and the USRA staff found themselves headed down a comparable path that would literally change the face of the sport. The first Promus Hotel Corporation U.S. Open Racquetball Championships, presented by American Express, brought together every bit of talent, on court and off, that could conceivably pull off an event of this magnitude. And the result? It seems that racquetball has gone big time ...
For the pros, men's top seeds going into the tournament were #1 Sudsy Monchik, #2 Cliff Swain, #3 Andy Roberts and #4 Jason Mannino, followed by Mike Ray, Mike Guidry, John Ellis and Dan Fowler. The women were #1 Michelle Gould, #2 Cheryl Gudinas, #3 Laura Fenton and #4 Jackie Paraiso, leading Dina Moreland, Robin Levine, Molly O'Brien and Lynne Coburn. Marty Hogan dusted off his backhand to attempt to advance out of the qualifying draw of 128, and Caryn McKinney chose the event to make a strong comeback bid of her own.
Men's & Women's Qualifiers
In one of the largest men's qualifying draws, a round of 128 set up two rounds of competition for players hoping to earn a spot in the main IRT draw. Women hoping to be added to the WIRT equivalent had begun their preliminary competition in earnest as well, with the winners advancing through two rounds to qualify.
IRT Qualifiers (32) -- John Amatulli, Michael Anderson, Fabian Balmori, Joel Bonnett, Rocky Carson, Rob DeJesus, George Delaney, Doug Eagle, Bruce Erickson, Glenn Garrison, Sean Graham, Sherman Greenfeld, Clay Griffin, Scott Hamon, Ryan Homa, Brian Istace, Aaron Katz, Dan Llacera, Mike Locker, Jeff Mayorga, Brad McCunniff, Martin McDermott, Hank Minardo, Ronald Mount, Kris Odegard, Bill Parodi, Simon Roy, Grant Smith, Jason Thoerner, Shane Vanderson, John Weatherbee, Chris Wright.
WIRT Qualifiers (16) -- Tammy Brockbank, Marci Drexler, Chris Evon, Lorraine Galloway, Carrie Healy-Avergis, Karen Key, Joy MacKenzie, Amanda McDonald, Caryn McKinney, Kyoko Ochiai, Karina Odegard, Lori Jane Powell, Kerri Stoffregen, Debbie Tisinger, Christie Van Hees, Jen Yokota.
Men's Round of 64
Each of the top four seeds advanced with ease in their first rounds, taking low-scoring, straight game wins over qualifiers who had already played two rounds earlier in the day. In his first round, Monchik defeated Canadian opponent Simon Roy, 11-5, 11-5, 11-3; Roberts gave a lesson to 15-year old Shane Vanderson with an 11-1, 11-2, 11-4 win and Mannino disappointed another Canadian hopeful, Kris Odegard, 11-2, 11-0, 12-10.
Cliff Swain survived a sluggish start against Ronald Mount of Murfreesboro to win 11-13, 11-1, 11-4, 11-0. "(Mount) played a good first game and I kind of took him lightly," Swain said. "Then I picked up a notch and took it from there ... I didn't really play that much better, I just tried to focus and play one point at a time. You never know what can happen."
Of the remaining seeds in the top eight, Guidry and Ellis advanced in straight games, while Fowler dropped one game to Rob DeJesus and Mike Ray needed a full five games to eliminate Bruce Erickson of Missouri.
Later in the day, eleven athletes who had advanced out of the qualifying round took away spots from seeded tour players in the round of 64. In tiebreakers, Junior Team member Rocky Carson took a five-game win over national team member and #14 seed Derek Robinson; Fabian Balmori defeated #17 Brian Rankin; Jason Thoerner won over #27 Dave Sable and Sherman Greenfeld defeated Canadian teammate and #31 seed Mike Green. Going to four games each, Dan Llacera bumped #21 Darren Schenck and Brian Istace defeated fellow Canadian #30 Mike Ceresia. In straight games, Mike Locker advanced with a victory over #26 Vince Kelley; Aaron Katz defeated #28 Mike Glowa and Doug Eagle won his match against #15 James Mulcock. Jeff Mayorga received a bye when #18 seeded opponent Tim Doyle was a no-show, and John Amatulli claimed an injury forfeit from #24 Brian Simpson.
Women's Round of 32
The only upset of a top women's seed in the first round of play was earned by former pro tour regular Caryn McKinney of Atlanta, Georgia who shocked #4 Laura Fenton with a an 11-7, 11-2, 13-15, 11-4 win. On the comeback trail, McKinney had all but disappeared from the pro tour several seasons back, nursing an achilles tendon injury. But she put the pain aside and upset Fenton to advance in the sweet 16.
"It always feels good to win," McKinney said. "Particularly to be able to play well against somebody of the caliber of Laura Fenton. She's proven herself, she's a great player ... I enjoy the competition, if you come out on top then it's a blessing, but the competition is why we're here."
The Fenton-McKinney match was one of five in the round that went over three games, with #2 seeded Cheryl Gudinas, and #4 seeded Jackie Paraiso dropping a game apiece before advancing. Kerri Stoffregen won the first game of her match against Gudinas, and former pro tour champion Marci Drexler pulled out the second game of her match against Paraiso. Chris Evon, who qualified into the draw, was also pressed to a fourth game by Randy Friedman, while Janet Myers was taken to the only full tiebreaker of the round by Canadian Lori Jane Powell. Two remaining qualifier hopefuls managed to last through the first round of play against seeded players: Jen Yokota over #13 Kim Machiran in four games, and Tammy Brockbank over #12 Doreen Fowler in three.
Men's Round of 32
With two rounds scheduled for Thursday, the men headed for the courts early, where Venezuelan native Fabian Balmori pulled out a second upset over current U.S. national team member and #16 seed Kelly Gelhaus in a marathon tiebreaker. Todd O'Neil, seeded #22, also slipped past a voice-less #11 Tony Jelso in straight games for the only other turnover in the round. Mike Ray found himself pressed by Aaron Katz in their four game match, and Michael Bronfeld took a narrow 11-9 fourth game win over Rocky Carson.
The remaining seeds made quick work of their opponents with straight game victories, but thoughts had already begun to turn toward Sunday -- and the largest prize purse in racquetball history.
"In a way, you just have to look at it (as just another tournament) because you can't put too much pressure on yourself," Swain said after his defeat of '94 world champion Sherman Greenfeld. "But there's no question that this is the biggest one we've ever had."
Men's Round of 16
Top seeded Sudsy Monchik continued his drive toward the final with another in a series of straight game victories over Venezuelan Fabian Balmori, along with Swain, who defeated Doug Eagle to advance. Southpaw #13 Woody Clouse also remained undefeated after taking a straight-game upset win over #4 Jason Mannino, along with John Ellis, who out-powered Louis Vogel in three. Lefty Mike Ray claimed more court time after dropping game one to former U.S. Olympic Festival champion Adam Karp, as did Drew Kachtik in his eventual win over Dan Fowler.
Hometown favorite #3 Andy Roberts also recovered from an 11-8 first-game loss to '95 national champion Michael Bronfeld in his second round of the day.
"He came out in the first game and just flat played better than I did," Roberts said. Recovering quickly, Andy returned to his power style of racquetball to take the next three games 11-4, 11-3, 11-5.
"I felt like I got better as the match went on and I hit a few kill shots," Roberts said. "(Getting to the finals) would mean everything. I've been shooting for this tournament for six months ... this (tournament) is certainly one of my highest goals."
Women's Round of 16
With three of the top four seeds remaining in the women's bracket, Michelle Gould led the charge by downing Anita Maldonaldo 11-0, 11-8, 11-0. Her biggest challenge so far had been adapting to the portable court.
"(I'm) just trying to adjust to the court and how the lighting is (set) and get used to the bounces," Gould said. "I've had some good matches for me to kind of figure it out."
Remaining action in the round included a four-game win by #2 seeded Cheryl Gudinas over Chris Evon; a five-game tiebreaker victory by Molly O'Brien over Marcy Lynch; and straight game wins by Robin Levine over Janet Myers, Caryn McKinney over Lydia Hammock, Jackie Paraiso over Jen Yokota, Dina Moreland over Tammy Brockbank, and Lynne Coburn over Amy Kilbane.
Looking ahead to the quarterfinals, Gould mused about opponent Lynn Coburn "she's playing great," Gould said. "I watched her play this afternoon and her serve was on. It's going to be tough."
Monchik continued his drive toward the final, dropping only one game to Drew Kachtik in their quarterfinal matchup. In that match, Monchik went so far as to break one of the strings on his opponent's racquet on a return of serve.
According to spectator Tim Franklin, "it was the strangest thing I've ever seen. Drew served a z-serve and Sudsy not only hit Drew's racket hard enough to knock it out of his hand, but the shot broke one of the strings."
Enjoying a productive week, Woody Clouse again advanced with an upset over Mike Ray in four games of 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9. Andy Roberts took three games to advance over Mike Guidry, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 and move into the semi.
Guidry made no excuses for his play and gave credit where it was due. "I felt like I played alright, but (Roberts) was hitting (the ball) real solid," Guidry said. "He was serving great and I really couldn't get into the match...I missed some shots but I never really got (enough) opportunities, he played great."
Cliff Swain suffered his first game loss of the tournament, with a four-game victory against John Ellis, dropping the first game 8-11 before rallying to take the next three 11-5, 11-6, 11-5.
It was the women's turn to have a long day, with two rounds scheduled in their bracket. Gould's pre-game concerns about Coburn turned out to be unfounded, as she advanced easily in straight games. The remaining three winners in the round also held their matches to three games apiece, but not with quite as much ease. Jackie Paraiso eliminated #5 Dina Moreland, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5; Caryn McKinney narrowly upset yet another seeded player with her win over #6 Robin Levine, 11-7, 13-11, 12-10, and Cheryl Gudinas defeated #7 Molly O'Brien, 11-3, 11-8, 11-8.
With a hometown crowd behind him, #3 Andy Roberts advanced into the final after defeating Cliff Swain in a four-game upset. Roberts edged out Swain with a strong opening bid, winning the first two games 11-9, 11-4 and holding a lead all the way to match point in the third. Swain battled back several times to reach his own match advantage at 11-10, then finished the game with an ace drive serve into the glass on the forehand side. But the effort seemed to take its toll on Swain, and Roberts served out the remainder of the match, winning 11-0 in the fourth.
"I think I had three or four chances at match point," Roberts said. "I thought I put three good serves into play and (Swain) just hit excellent returns. I was telling myself that there was nothing negative to come out of that, only positive. The pressure was on him and he answered it."
"I thought we were both playing at a high level," Roberts said.
"Here, I thought the difference in the match was that I wasn't giving him any easy points off of his serve."
At the top of the bracket, #1 seeded Sudsy Monchik advanced over #13 seeded left-hander Woody Clouse to reach the final. After Clouse took the second game 11-8, Monchik held off a serious challenge in the third to pull ahead to a 13-11 win and go up two games to one. In the deciding fourth, Monchik took a more direct route to his final berth, with an 11-4 win.
Michelle Gould earned her spot in the finals with a straight game win over former doubles partner Jackie Paraiso, keeping to her tradition of not allowed anyone to break a double-digit score against her.
Of today's match, Gould said "I did a good job of staying focused and putting the ball down when I needed to," Gould said. "I didn't want her to dictate the pace, her style of game is much different than mine which is more aggressive and shoot as much as possible."
On the other side of the bracket, Caryn McKinney's triumphant return to the pro tour was the talk of the event. Once at the top of the women's tour until injury sidelined her from competition, the U.S. OPEN was her first major event in several seasons.
"(McKinney) is always a threat because she is so smart and crafty," Gould said. "She says that she hasn't been training for this event, but that's not true and nobody believes it. She's been practicing her normal five hours per day."
Still, Gould's perennial opponent and doubles partner Gudinas made her way past McKinney in a five-game tiebreaker to reach the final. "Cheryl played a really tough match (against McKinney)," Gould said. "The key for her was getting her serve in and being able to move her feet."
The women took to portable court first and dazzled the crowd with terrific serve and volley play. And, not surprisingly, it was top ranked Michelle Gould who came away with the win by downing perennial finalist and #2 seed Cheryl Gudinas in straight games 11-5, 11-4, 11-3.
"I felt really good about (today's match)," Gould said. "Cheryl and I have played a lot this year and we're doubles partners so I think we know each others strengths and weaknesses well."
Cheryl admitted that her weakness is a lack of service power, which kept her from the winner's prize money.
"Today, I felt (mentally) up," Gudinas said. "I fought for what I could get and then when I got into the box I didn't have any serves. I'm going to go home and work on my drive serve."
Gould knows her own strengths, too. "I knew it was going to be important, especially on this court, to get in a good serve to force the weak return and then a quick put-away." she agreed. "If you give Cheryl and inch she'll take a foot."
For a change, it was #1 vs. #3 -- Monchik vs. Roberts. But even with the hometown crowd, Roberts could not pull off the upset as Monchik won in straight games of 11-8, 11-9, 11-3.
"Suds served really well this afternoon," Roberts said. "I couldn't get any rhythm in the match. In the rallies, I felt like I was winning most of them, the problem was that there were no rallies."
Monchik opened the match with a 10-1 lead in game one which included eight aces.
"Playing Andy always brings out the best in me," Monchik said. "I just wanted to come out and play real aggressively from the beginning and try to jump on top which I did. But as good as Andy is, he came back and definitely gave me a scare."
The inaugural U.S. OPEN event marked the largest prize purse -- totalling $50,000 -- ever awarded to both male and female professional racquetball athletes. Sudsy Monchik received a $10,000.00 check for his six-round advance, and Michelle Gould took home $4,000.00 for her efforts through five rounds of competition. The two will also be immortalized as the first pro winners to have their names inscribed on the U.S. OPEN championship cup. Each received a replica of that cup along with their winnings.
A third major winner -- the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital -- benefitted from five separate fundraisers conducted throughout the week during the Open: The Pro-Am Doubles Challenge, a silent auction, live auction, the "Master Chef's Dinner for the Children" and referee donations. Their grand prize was a check in the amount of $11,560.00 for the hospital.
"It's a real honor for the children of St. Jude's," Dick
Hackett said, "and I'm here to simply say on their behalf, 'A very
pleasant thanks to Promus Hotel Corporation.'"
The event officially kicked off on Tuesday with a press conference at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Promus CEO Ray Schultz made opening remarks, along with Senior Vice President of Major Gifts for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Richard Hackett, club owner Mac Winker, tournament director Doug Ganim and player Andy Roberts. The top 16 men's and women's pros were also on hand for interviews and exhibitions.
After a hectic week of construction, testing, sanding and finishing, the one-of-a-kind "made for TV" portable court made its debut on Tuesday evening at the St. Jude Children's Hospital Pro-Am Doubles benefit. Randy Stafford, local enthusiast and owner of the Memphis-based Court Company that built the special playing field, christened the exhibition court with its first match to benefit the St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Thirty-two amateur athletes donated $200.00 per player to be teamed with a pro partner in the doubles event, which raised over $6,000.00 for St. Jude. For their participation, all 32 amateurs received signed racquets from their partners -- all of whom were chosen from a blind draw pool comprised of the top 16 men and women on the tour. Winner Dino Tashie and partner Derek Robinson were also awarded official event medals for their 15-12 final victory over Bill Gurner and Tony Jelso at the end of the evening.
On Wednesday, the U.S. OPEN National Skill Championships began competition at the University of Memphis, fielding several draws of 64 in A,B,C & D divisions. Across town at the Wimbleton Sports Complex, participants in the U.S. OPEN Invitational event began their preliminary rounds in equally-large 35 and over age divisions.
At the largest trade show exclusive to the racquetball industry, E-FORCE announced the debut of its new website, inviting players and spectators to view their site online ... NETWORK MARKETING opted for lower-tech, live entertainment at its display. Owner Doug Smith traveled with a live python named "Walter" to promote his namesake grip ... HEAD USA rounded up its two top players, Monchik & Swain, for back-to-back poster signing sessions ...
Parties, Parties, Parties ... Industry sponsors hosted a series of player parties at the Racquet Club of Memphis, including Ektelon, Head USA, Leader, Penn Racquet Sports and Spalding.
Never a dull moment ... between matches spectators at the main
exhibition court were treated to specialty entertainment, courtesy of
local cheerleading troupes, Elvis impersonators, and dazzling laser light
shows. Masters of ceremonies Doug Ganim and Otto Dietrich laid in their
own versions of "big time" boxing introductions over the
airwaves, and big-screen TV monitors broadcast the live action throughout
#1 Sudsy Monchik -- Staten Island, New York
def. Qualifier Simon Roy 11-5, 11-6, 11-3
def. #32 Rafael Filippini 11-7, 11-9, 11-0
def. Qualifier Fabian Balmori 11-5, 11-5, 11-2
def. #9 Drew Kachtik 3-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6
def. #13 Woody Clouse 11-4, 8-11, 15-13, 11-4
DEF. ANDY ROBERTS 11-8, 11-9, 11-3
#3 Andy Roberts -- Memphis, Tennessee
def. Qualifier Shane Vanderson 11-1, 11-2, 11-4
def. Qualifier Brian Istace 11-0, 11-1, 11-1
def. #19 Michael Bronfeld 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3
def. #6 Mike Guidry 11-5, 11-4, 11-7
def. #2 Cliff Swain 11-9, 11-4, 10-12, 11-0
#1 Michelle Gould -- Boise, Idaho
def. Qualifier Joy MacKenzie 11-3, 11-5, 11-4
def. #16 Anita Maldonado 11-1, 11-7, 11-0
def. #8 Lynne Coburn 11-3, 11-6, 11-6
def. #4 Jackie Paraiso 11-5, 11-5, 11-1
DEF. CHERYL GUDINAS 11-5, 11-4, 11-3
#2 Cheryl Gudinas -- Chicago, Illinois
def. Qualifier Kerri Stoffregen 7-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8
def. Qualifier Chris Evon 11-6, 3-11, 11-3, 11-8
def. #7 Molly O'Brien 11-3, 11-8, 11-8
def. Qualifier Caryn McKinney 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 2-11, 11-6
Men's PRO: #1 Sudsy Monchik (Staten Island, N.Y.) def. #3 Andy Roberts (Memphis, Tenn.) 11-8, 11-9, 11-3
Women's PRO: #1 Michelle Gould (Boise, Idaho) def. #2 Cheryl Gudinas (Chicago, Ill.) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3
[Level Five Invitational Event]
Men's Open: Joel Bonnett (Newaygo, Mich.) def. Javier Moreno (Pueblo, Colo.) 15-4, 15-10
Women's Open: Christie VanHees (Kelowna, British Columbia) def. Karin Sobotta (Kennewick, Wash.) 15-9, 15-2
Men's All-Age: Rocky Carson (Santa Maria, Calif.) def. Willie Tilton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 15-11, 15-4
Men's 25+: Mike Locker (W. St. Paul, Minn.) def. Sean Graham (Bridgeport, Ct.) 15-7, 15-6
Men's 30+: John Amatulli (St. John, Ind.) def. Brad McCunniff (Cedar Falls, Iowa) 6-15, 15-2, 11-10
Men's 35+: Marty Hogan (St. Louis, Mo.) def. Dave Peck (Austin, Texas) 15-11, 15-10
Men's 40+: Mitt Layton (Jacksonville, Fla.) def. Ed Garabedian (West Chester, Pa.) 15-8, 8-15, 11-10
Men's 45+: Mitt Layton (Jacksonville, Fla.) def. Gene Pare (Fremont, Calif.) 15-11, 15-12
Men's 50+: Ed Remen (Reston, Va.) def. Johnny Northern (Detroit, Mich.) 15-10, 12-15, 11-10
Men's 55+: Les Barbanell (Fort Lee, N.J.) def. Fred Letter (Warren Township, N.J.) 8-15, 15-8, 11-9
Men's 60+: Jay Krevsky (Harrisburg, Pa.) def. Paul Banales (Phoenix, Ariz.) by forfeit
Men's 65+: J.D. Driver (Muskegon, Mich.) def. Bert Schulimson (Chicago, Ill.) 15-7, 15-9
Men's 70+: Earl Acuff (Asheville, N.C.) def. Malcolm Roberts (Melbourne, Fla.) by forfeit
Men's 75+: Earl Acuff (Asheville, N.C.) def. Nick Sans (Irvine, Calif.) 15-12, 15-11
Men's 80+: George Spear, Sr. (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) def. Allen Shephard (Asheville, N.C.) by forfeit
Women's All-Age: Amanda MacDonald (Saskatchewan, Canada) def. Sara Borland (Bettendorf, Iowa) by forfeit
Women's 25+: Michelle Wiragh (Laurel, Md.) def. Anthnita Dickerson (Oak Park, Mich.) 15-1, 4-15, 11-3
Women's 30+: Kersten Hallander (Jacksonville, Fla.) def. Lorraine Galloway (Jamaica Estates, N.Y.) 15-13, 15-1
Women's 35+: Kim Machiran (St. Louis, Mo.) def. Denise Mock (Dallas, Texas) 7-15, 15-14, 11-7
Women's 40+: Linda Moore (Lincoln, Neb.) def. Janell Marriott (West Warwick, R.I.) 15-7, 4-15, 11-9
Women's 45+: Janet Myers (Charlotte, S.C.) def. Shelley Ogden (Cincinnati, Ohio) 15-10, 15-6
Women's 50+: Gerri Stoffregen (Cincinnati, Ohio) def. Margaret Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) 15-8, 15-7
Women's 55+: Nancy Kay Butts (La Crosse, Wis.) def. Mildred Gwinn (Waxhaw, N.C.) 15-13, 12-15, 11-7
Women's 60+: Jo Kenyon (Tallahassee, Fla.) def. Lola Markus (Park Ridge, Ill.) 15-7, 15-4
Women's 65+: Lola Markus (Park Ridge, Ill.) def. Mary Low Acuff (Asheville, N.C.) 15-9, 15-2
[Level Six National Event]
Men's A: Daniel Pischke (Kirkland, Wash.) def. Scott Foster (Pleasanton, Calif.) 15-3, 9-15, 11-7
Men's B: Sam Ryder (Boyceville, Wis.) def. Tony DeSanto (Ft. Myers, Fla.) 15-11, 15-8
Men's C: Kazushige Oikawa (Tokyo, Japan) def. Preston Gaster (Sanford, N.C.) 15-3, 15-3
Men's D: Leonard Toth (Grand Prairie, Texas) def. Ray Meisner (Glendale Heights, Ill.) 15-4, 8-15, 11-5
Men's All-Age A/B: Alain Pujolar (Hialeah, Fla.) def. Sam Ryder (Boyceville, Wis.) 15-6, 15-9
Men's All-Age C/D: Fabrizio Avelar (Caracas, Venezuela) def. Elliott Mistich (Belle Chase, La.) 15-7, 15-7
Men's 25+ A/B: Ken Blalock (Mount Pleasant, Texas) def. Don Dettmore (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) 15-10, 15-14
Men's 35+ A/B: Duffy Bracken (Hamilton, Ohio) def. Geoff Hunter (Naples, Fla.) 15-13, 10-15, 11-1
Men's 35+ C/D: Preston Gaster (Sanford, N.C.) def. Rayne Thomas (Harahan, La.) 15-14, 15-2
Men's 45+ A/B: Thomas Rall (Albany, N.Y.) def. Lee Brown (Jackson, Tenn.) 15-0, 15-2
Men's 45/55+ A/B: Jerry Williams (Meadows, Texas) def. Jack Morganroth (Cincinnati, Ohio) 15-11, 14-15, 11-9
Men's 55+ A/B : Jay Krevsky (Harrisburg, Pa.) def. Leo Bourque (Grant, Fla.) 15-3, 15-1
Women's A: Michele Kinaan (Costa Mesa, Calif.) def. Vallana Perrault (Virginia, Minn.) 15-8, 15-8
Women's B: Yesenia Delbusto (Miami, Fla.) def. Adrienne Fisher (Dayton, Ohio) 15-11, 15-1
Women's C: Heather Elliott (Fort Myers, Fla.) def. Kassi Herr (Orlando, Fla.) 15-7, 15-13
Women's D: Terry Truvillion (Detroit, Mich.) def. Judy Mancuso (Lexington, Va.) 15-7, 15-2
Women's All-Age A/B: Vallana Perrault (Virginia, Minn.) def. Yesina Delbusto (Miami, Fla.) 15-10, 15-10
Women's 25+ A/B: Angela Burth (Alexandria, Va.) def. Debbie Chen (Honolulu, Hawaii) 15-8, 15-10
Women's 25+ C/D: Tammy Leiting (Racine, Wis.) def. Heather Elliott (Fort Myers, Fla.) 13-15, 15-8, 11-10
Women's 35+ A/B: Rose Cornelius (Santa Maria, Calif.) def. Susan Hann (Malabar, Fla.) 15-5, 5-15, 11-6
Women's 35+ C/D: Kassi Herr (Orlando, Fla.) def. Tawn Wolfe (Huntington Beach, Calif.) 15-5, 15-8
Women's 45+ A/B: Margaret Hoff (Park Ridge, Ill.) def. Nidia Funes
(Novato, Calif.) 2-15, 15-9, 11-5
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