Orlando Cup Rematch
It was a chalky day in the women’s field. The favorites prevailed throughout the day leading to an Orlando Cup rematch between Jardim & Kovalova and the Waters. This match will be one of four that will be featured on the first Fox Sports 2 live broadcast of Championship Sunday.
The surprising result here was Irvine & Parenteau missing the podium. After losing to the Waters in the semis they lost again in the bronze medal match to Andrea Koop & Lauren Stratman. Koop doesn’t make many PPA appearances but hopefully taking a bronze here is inspiration for 2022.
The Upsets Continue in Rockwall
No surprises in the Johns & Wright side of the bracket. They continue to dominate when they are paired together. Their toughest match of the day was against Bar & Stone and that was won 11-3, 11-5.
The other side of the bracket was far from chalk. It had upsets one after another and was completely unpredictable. Devilliers & Smith lose their first match to Frazier & Yates. Team NewGuffin falls again at the hands of AJ Koller, this time paired with his cousin Thomas Wilson. Then Nunnery & Cassidy come in and completely steal the show knocking off Frazier & Yates then Koller & Wilson. Absolutely wild.
Cassidy undoubtedly had something to prove after just missing the cut for the Major League Pickleball draft. He proved it today. Now we get a Freestyle Boys finale on Championship Sunday. Can we mic up the final match for an episode of the podcast?
Not Leaving Empty Handed
Team NewGuffin was determined to bring home a medal this weekend. They played four tough matches in the losers bracket to battle back for the bronze. They beat Frazier & Yates, Bar & Stone, and Koller & Wilson in their rematch in the bronze medal round. Definitely an inspired performance but paling in comparison to the day that Rob & Rob had.
Fox Sports 2
Tomorrow is the debut of Championship Sunday on Fox Sports 2. Tune in if you can a let’s drive up the numbers to help pickleball reach the masses.
Here’s the lineup:
8:30 AM MXD – PPA YouTube
McGuffin/Smith vs. Devilliers/Irvine
10 AM Women’s Singles – PPA YouTube
Waters vs. Jansen
5 PM Men’s Doubles – FS2
Johns/Wright vs. Nunnery/Cassidy
6:20 PM Women’s Doubles – FS2
Jardim/Kovalova vs. Waters/Waters
7:40 PM Men’s Singles – FS2
Navratil vs. Johnson