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Bright & Ignatowich to Face Irvine & Koller for PPA Selkirk Red Rock Open Mixed Doubles Title, Barr & Navritil Take Bronze

By Kyle Whatnall

on Apr 06, 2023

Day Two of the Selkirk Red Rock Open Pickleball Tournament, a prestigious event on the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour, unfolded in St. George, Utah, featuring an action-packed day of mixed doubles play. With anticipation and excitement in the air, spectators were treated to a day full of exhilarating matches, incredible comebacks, and nail-biting finishes.

The fourth-seeded team of Anna Bright & James Ignatowich stood out among the competitors, putting on a stellar performance as they went 4-0 throughout the day, earning their spot in the finals on Championship Saturday. Their remarkable combination of power and finesse made them a force to be reckoned with. James, in particular, showcased exceptional power in his two-handed backhand, thanks to his Selkirk Vanguard Power Air Invikta paddle. The dynamic duo's teamwork and communication were evident in every match.

 In the Quarterfinals, Bright & Ignatowich faced the formidable pair of Lucy Kovalova & Dekel Bar. After a strong start, winning the first game 11-4, they stumbled in the second game, losing 4-11. However, they regrouped and came back strong, taking the third game 11-5 to secure their spot in the Semifinals. Their Semifinal match was against Selkirk pro Susannah Barr & Zane Navritil, another tough team to beat. Bright & Ignatowich displayed incredible resilience and determination, winning 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, and securing their place in the finals. Off the court, their chemistry and camaraderie are evident, and they are eager to secure their first championship together. Barr & Navritil ultimately took home the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, the third-seeded Jessie Irvine & AJ Koller made their presence known, going undefeated throughout the day and booking their spot in the Championship Saturday final. Their synergy on the court, along with a combination of precise shot-making and relentless hustle, made them a formidable team. In their Quarterfinal match against Vivienne David & Brandon Long, they battled through a rollercoaster of a match, winning 11-6, 4-11, 11-4. Their teamwork shone brightly, as they maintained their composure and adjusted their strategy after the second game to secure the win.

 The Semifinal matchup for Irvine & Koller was against Andrea Koop & Riley Newman, a skilled team with great chemistry. Despite a slow start, losing the first game 8-11, Irvine & Koller demonstrated their ability to adapt, winning the next two games 11-6, 11-3. Their impressive comeback showcased their tenacity and mental fortitude, qualities that will serve them well in the final.

With the stage set for a thrilling Championship Saturday, fans can expect an exciting showdown between the formidable teams of Bright & Ignatowich and Irvine & Koller. As the competition reaches its climax, the atmosphere surrounding the event is electric, with spectators and players alike eagerly awaiting the crowning of the next mixed doubles champions at the Selkirk Red Rock Open.

The event has also drawn a diverse crowd of pickleball enthusiasts, from seasoned professionals to newcomers, creating a lively and supportive environment. Local vendors and sponsors have contributed to the festive atmosphere, offering an array of food, drinks, and merchandise for fans to enjoy. As the tournament continues to gain momentum, the Selkirk Red Rock Open is solidifying its reputation as a must-see event on the PPA Tour.

 As the excitement of mixed doubles comes to a close, the Selkirk Red Rock Open Pickleball Tournament continues tomorrow with gender doubles action. Fans can expect more thrilling matches and outstanding displays of skill as the competitors battle it out for supremacy in the men's and women's doubles events. To ensure you don't miss a moment of the action, fans can tune in to the livestream on the PPA Tour YouTube Channel starting at 10 am ET. So, get ready for another day of exhilarating competition as the Selkirk Red Rock Open showcases the best in professional pickleball!

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