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PPA Denver Open Friday Recap

By Joshua Gartman

on Jul 14, 2023

Mixed Doubles action kicked off Friday morning in Denver Colorado following an action-packed day of singles. Let’s recap what happened starting with Sunday’s finals matchup.


Ben Johns & Anna Leigh Waters vs Lucy Kovalova and Matt Wright

This is a finals rematch from all the way back in February where Johns and Waters won in straight games. With no Riley Newman, JW Johnson or James Ignatowich in the field it was a straight forward day for the #1 seeds while the 3 seeds Kovalova/Wright had to battle through the draw beating (19) Alshon/Black, (11) Navratil/Tereschenko in 3 games before defeating (15) Garnett/Wright 11-7 11-7 to stamp their ticket to championship Sunday

In Case You Missed it

New Premier Arrivals

Today was a nice showing for most of the brand new major league pickleball premier league draftees. Christian Alshon/Hurricane Tyra Black fell just short in the round of 16 to the veteran team of Wright/Kovalova.

Connor Garnett grabbed his first doubles medal of the PPA season teaming up with Etta Wright. They started their day off upsetting (2) Frazier/Bright in 3 games and followed it up with wins over (7) Wilson/David and (5) Staksrud/Dizon in the bronze medal match.

On the Horizon

Gender doubles starts tomorrow and some teams to keep an eye on heading into the day are:


(2)Matt Wright/Dylan Frazier- first time they will be teaming up this season.

(3) Federico Staksrud/Pablo Tellez- they have multiple medals together on the PPA tour this year.


(5) Lauren Stratman/Yana Grechkina- they have a silver and bronze together in women’s doubles this year.

(7) Mary Brascia/Maggie Brascia- they will be looking for their first medal together this year after falling just short of championship Sunday in Atlanta last May.




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