Nov 7, 2019

Day 6 – Thursday Mixed Doubles Wraps

An incredible Thursday has come and gone here at the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, which featured the largest crowds yet at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The day’s main attractions came from the roll over semi-final and Gold medal matches stemming from Wednesday’s slate of Mixed Doubles Open and Senior Open matches. With only the final four teams left in each division to compete for this year’s titles, attendees were witness to some of the best pickleball players in the world battling it out in prime time.

In the Mixed Doubles Senior Open division, defending 2018 champion Kris Anderson and newfound partner Dave Weinbach emerged victorious from an impressive semi-final field. The duo outlasted the teams of Lisa Naumu/Scott Moore, Jennifer Dawson/Mills Miller and perennial No. 1 contenders Cammy MacGregor/Paul Olin. Now gold medalists at the sport’s premiere event, Anderson/Weinbach is a Senior Open partnership that pickleball enthusiasts best not forget.

Moving on to the Mixed Doubles Open side, it would be hard to put together a more accomplished four team bracket than those who took to Championship Court on Thursday. 2018 gold and silver medalist teams Lucy Kovalova/Matt Wright and Simone Jardim/Kyle Yates respectively, as well as Lindsey Newman/Riley Newman and Michelle Esquivel/Steve Deakin all had their sights set on claiming the top prize at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday. In a surprising semi-final result, the Newman’s defeated defending champions Kovalova/Wright and advanced to the final. In contrast, the familiar podium participants of Jardim/Yates also stamped their ticket to the final earlier in the afternoon. Ultimately, Simone Jardim and Kyle Yates emerged victorious in an incredible three-set gold medal match that thrilled the near capacity crowd on championship court.

Let’s take a closer look at Thursday’s gold medal winners:

  • Mixed Doubles Senior Open: Kris Anderson – Dave Weinbach
  • Mixed Doubles Open: Simone Jardim – Kyle Yates

Now, let’s see what’s on tap for tomorrow:

Events – Friday, Nov. 8

Women’s Doubles Open (5.0 or greater skill level only) – Fri. 11/8/19 – Sat. 11/9/19
Women Doubles Senior Open – 50+ (5.0 or greater skill level only) – Fri. 11/8/19 – Sat. 11/9/19
Men’s Doubles Open (5.0 or greater skill level only) – Fri. 11/8/19 – Sat. 11/9/19
Men’s Doubles Senior Open – 50+ (5.0 or greater skill level only) – Fri. 11/8/19 – Sat. 11/9/19
Junior Mixed Doubles (Jr. division age groups) – Fri. 11/8/19 (only)

Who/What to Watch

Women’s Doubles Open (5.0 or greater skill level only)

2018 Result (Gold/Silver/Bronze):
1. Lucy Kovalova – Irina Tereschenko
2. Simone Jardim – Corrine Carr
3. Catherine Parenteau – Suzee Anderson

In the Women’s Doubles Open division, most of the 2018 Nationals medal winners are returning once again. Defending champions Lucy Kovalova and Irina Tereschenko have an incredible amount of experience on their side and will look to use their veteran status to repeat as gold medal winners. Catherine Parenteau is now paired with Jessie Irvine, who is one of the sharpest female hitters in the game and together creates a new a top seed with a chance to win it all.  Other teams to watch are the mother-daughter duo of Leigh Waters and Anna Leigh Waters, returning silver medalists Simone Jardim and Corrine Carr and Maggie Remynse and Michelle Esquivel.

Women’s Doubles Senior Open (5.0 or greater skill level only)

2018 Result (Gold/Silver/Bronze):
1. Cammy MacGregor – Jennifer Dawson
2. Kris Anderson – Bonnie Williams
3. Lisa Naumu – Gigi LeMaster

On the Senior Open side, defending champions Cammy MacGregor and Jennifer Dawson are the clear number one seed and will be extremely tough to take down. That being said, Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner have more experience than any other team in history, while the duo of Lisa Naumu and Kris Anderson are consistently two of the best Senior Pros in the game.

Men’s Doubles Open (5.0 or greater skill level only)

2018 Result (Gold/Silver/Bronze):
1. Kyle Yates – Ben Johns
2. Matt Wright – Dave Weinbach
3. Marcin Rozpedski – Daniel Moore

Almost a 60-team field will be competing for the title in the Men’s Doubles Open division, with a loaded roster of recognizable talent taking to the courts on Friday and Saturday. Kyle Yates and Ben Johns are always strong together and come into the tournament as favorites to repeat as gold champions in 2019. Matt Wright and Daniel Moore, who took silver and bronze last year respectively, have teamed up this year with the potential to win it all. Dekel Bar and Wes Gabrielsen will also be exciting to watch and are a strong dark horse team looking to medal.

Men’s Doubles Senior Open (5.0 or greater skill level only)

2018 Result (Gold/Silver/Bronze):
1. Del Kauss – Kevin Booth
2. Scott Moore – Glen Peterson
3. David Redding – Dave Fleming

An impressive line-up of 36 teams in the Men’s Doubles Senior Open bracket, which featuring returning silver medalist Scott Moore alongside new partner Steve Cole as the potential number one team based on experience. Del Kauss and Kevin Booth, last year’s gold medalists, will have to play their absolute best to repeat amidst such a talented field. Mills Miller and Steve Dawson are another contender to watch who should end up as a podium team, with the question being if they can they take the gold.

The Junior Girls and Boys also take to the courts starting with Mixed Doubles and a junior’s party on Friday night, so come on out to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and join in on the pickleball fun!

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