November 2 - 10, 2019
Nov 9, 2019

Day 8 – Doubles Gold Saturday

It was all about the gold on Saturday at the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, as the tournament’s penultimate day was headlined by the roll over semi-final and final matches stemming from Friday’s action-packed day of Men’s and Women’s Doubles Open and Senior Open division matches. With only the final four teams left in each of the four divisions to compete for this year’s titles, pickleball enthusiasts were treated to world-class professional pickleball action featuring some of the game’s most recognizable and accomplished players.

First up on Championship Court, the Women’s Doubles Senior Open final featured Lisa Naumu and Kris Anderson taking on defending champions Cammy MacGregor and Jennifer Dawson. While the 2018 gold medalists were certainly favored coming into the day to take home the trophy once again, they were upended by the experience, consistency and veteran status of the Naumu and Anderson side. What a tournament it has been for Anderson, who already had a Mixed Doubles Senior Open title to her name from earlier in the week.

Staying in the Senior Open division but moving to the Men’s side, an action-packed final featured the teams of Brian Poynter and Dave Weinbach taking on Scott Moore and Steve Cole. Returning silver medalist Scott Moore has been playing tremendous alongside new partner Steve Cole and were the perennial number one team coming into the division, but ultimately faltered against Poynter and Weinbach. Just like his Mixed Doubles Senior Open partner, Kris Anderson, Weinbach has claimed multiple titles this week and cemented himself as a force in the Men’s Senior Open division.

In the Women’s Doubles Open division, the crowd at Championship Court was witness to one of the best matches of the entire tournament. The final was contested between the duo of Catherine Parenteau and Jessie Irvine against the mother-daughter pairing of Leigh Waters and Anna Leigh Waters. In a back-and-forth affair that saw momentum swings come and go for each team, the Waters’ were ultimately able to pull out the victory. Winning the gold medal at Nationals is an incredible achievement for the family team, as the combination of youth and experience worked perfectly together on Saturday night.

The evening’s last final was contested in the Men’s Doubles Open division, with defending champions Kyle Yates and Ben Johns taking on Steve Deakin and Erik Lange. While Deakin and Lange did everything they could to put up a fight, the tournament’s predicted favorites were just too much for them to handle. Yates and Johns took a decisive straight-set victory to become back-to-back Nationals Men’s Doubles Open division gold medalists.

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

  • Women’s Doubles Senior Open: Lisa Naumu – Kris Anderson
  • Men’s Doubles Senior Open: Brian Poynter – Dave Weinbach
  • Women’s Doubles Open: Anna Leigh Waters – Leigh Waters
  • Men’s Doubles Open: Kyle Yates – Ben Johns

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

Events – Sunday, Nov. 10

Men’s Singles Open – (5.0 or greater skill level only)
Women’s Singles Open – (5.0 or greater skill level only)
Men’s Singles Senior Open – (5.0 or greater skill level only)
Women’s Singles Senior Open – (5.0 or greater skill level only)
Women’s Singles Super-Senior Open – (4.5 or greater skill level only)
Men’s Singles Super-Senior Open – (4.5 or greater skill level only)
Junior Girls Singles (Jr. division age groups)
Junior Boys Singles (Jr. division age groups)

Who/What to Watch

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

2018 Result (Gold / Silver / Bronze):
1. Lucy Kovalova
2. Irina Tereschenko
3. Kaitlyn Christian

In the Women’s Singles Open division, all of the biggest names in the sport and returning medalists from the 2018 National Championships are back to compete again this year. Headlined by Lucy Kovalova, last year’s gold medal recipient, a loaded field of pros will take to the courts on Sunday. Players to watch include Rebecca Ryan and Megan Charity, who took home the silver and bronze medals respectively earlier in the week during the Women’s Skills/Age Singles 5.0+ competition, teenage phenom Anna Leigh Waters as well as Michelle Esquivel who has played well all week long.

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

2018 Result (Gold / Silver / Bronze):
1. Cammy MacGregor
2. Jennifer Dawson
3. Clare Grabher

The Women’s Singles Senior Open division features all three of the medalists from the 2018 National Championships, highlighted by gold medalist and returning favorite Cammy MacGregor. She will be joined by three other medalists from this week’s Women’s Skill/Age Singles Senior 5.0+ competition with Shelley Maher (Gold), Bonnie Williams (Silver) and Lar Marmelstein (Bronze). Tune in tomorrow to see who is able to add more hardware to their 2019 trophy case.

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

2018 Result (Gold / Silver / Bronze):
1. Tyson McGuffin
2. Tyler Loong
3. Ben Johns

On the Men’s side in the Singles Open division, a crowded field of more than 32 participants includes all three of the medalists from the 2018 National Championships with Tyson McGuffin, Tyler Loong and Ben Johns all vying to showcase their singles mettle once again this year. Other names to watch include medalists from this week’s earlier Men’s Skills/Age Singles 5.0+ competition such as Dekel Bar, Daniel Roditi, Joey Farias and Frank Anthony Davis.

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

2018 Result (Gold / Silver / Bronze):
1. Scott Moore
2. Scott Burr
3. Glenn Lucey

Lastly, the Men’s Singles Senior Open division is another talented field with a host of recognizable pros and former medalists returning in 2019. Scott Moore headlines the group as the defending champion, but will face fearsome competition from the likes of Paul Olin, Joe Frasca and Bob Deller who took home gold, silver and bronze respectively in this year’s Men’s Skills/Age Singles Senior 5.0+ competition. An additional name to watch is Mills Miller, who is consistently one of the best Senior Open division players in the game and has already put together an impressive week at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

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