Brascia takes down the No. 2 seed in a three-game thriller
Despite the suspension of the women’s semifinals due to inclement weather on Thursday, Mary Brascia's winning ways were unaffected as she went on to defeat No. 2 Lea Jansen in three games on Friday morning.
After splitting the first two games, Jansen held a 6-3 lead in the decider. With the Selkirk Labs Project 002 in hand, Brascia managed to find the right balance between drives and defense, turning the game in her favor and securing an 11-9, 13-15, 11-9 victory.
The win over Jansen puts Brascia in her second career singles Championship Sunday, where she will look to disrupt World No. 1 Anna Leigh Waters’ impressive 25-match winning streak. The pair have met on a handful of occasions, including the 2023 Atlanta Open, where Brascia made her singles final debut. However, Brascia’s singles game has grown significantly over the past year, so spectators can expect to see a compelling finals match-up.
Before Sunday, Brascia still has the women’s doubles draw to go. She will pair up with her sister, Maggie, who has been a regular partner, and a successful one too. The AvaLee-sponsored sisters come in as the fifth seed and have the potential to face the Kawamoto twins in the round of 16.
Tune in to Championship Sunday on Pickleball TV to see who will lift the title!