Johns Falls, Garnett Shines, Parenteau and Brascia Clinch Semifinal Berths on Singles Day at PPA Atlanta Open
Day one of the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour Atlanta Open has come to a thrilling close. This was singles day, where athletes duked it out on the court in high-stakes one-on-one matches. The men's singles finalists have been confirmed, but due to rain delays throughout Thursday, the women's side of the bracket is still hanging in the balance at the semifinal stages.
In the Men's Singles Championship, we will see a heated contest between fifth seed JW Johnson and eleventh seed Connor Garnett. Johnson secured his position in the championship round with a series of impressive victories over James Bragg, Collin Shick, Jay Devilliers, and finally a nail-biting three-game showdown with Christian Alshon, in which he emerged triumphant with scores of 8-11, 11-8, 11-9. Garnett, meanwhile, was the upset master of the day, stunning everyone with a remarkable string of victories over higher-ranked opponents. His journey to the final included wins over AJ Koller, Julian Arnold, Tyson McGuffin, and finally, Jake Kusmider, who he bested with scores of 11-2, 12-10.
In the women's bracket, there was much excitement and upset. A standout was emerging professional player Judit Castillo. Backed by Selkirk, she put up an impressive performance throughout the day, but fell in a close and thrilling quarterfinal match against top-seeded Anna Leigh Waters. Her performance and the spirit she showed will undoubtedly make her a player to watch in future tournaments.
The rest of the women's semifinals are set with Catherine Parenteau, the fourth seed, ready to face off against Waters. Their past matches have been some of the best in pickleball history, promising an exciting game. Meanwhile, Lea Jansen will face off against Mary Brascia, who put on an exceptional performance, including an upset victory over Salome Devidze. Brascia found incredible passing shots and angles from her Selkirk Labs 002 paddle, and will look to clinch a Championship opportunity when she faces Jansen in the semis later today.
The PPA Tour Atlanta Open is only just heating up. We encourage fans not to miss the upcoming matches on Amazon Prime Video Livestream. Mixed Doubles will be taking the court on Friday, followed by Gender Doubles on Saturday, and, of course, the much-anticipated Championship Sunday.