USA Pickleball Nationals Concludes With A Thrilling Day Of Championship Matches
Men's singles: 🥇Ben Johns🥈Julian Arnold 🥉Tyson McGuffin
Women's singles: 🥇Anna Leigh Waters🥈Lea Jansen 🥉Salome Devidze
Men's doubles: 🥇Ben Johns & Collin Johns 🥈JW Johnson and Dekel Bar 🥉Riley Newman and Matt Wright
Women's doubles: 🥇Anna Leigh Waters & Catherine Parenteau🥈Jessie Irvine & Anna Bright 🥉Parris Todd and Lauren Stratman
Mixed doubles: 🥇Anna Liegh Waters & Riley Newman 🥈Catherine Parenteau & Ben Johns 🥉Parris Todd and JW Johnson.
The USA Pickleball Margaritaville Nationals came to a close with all the excitement, drama, and of course, outstanding pickleball you could ask for!
Julian Arnold and Ben Johns faced off for the men’s singles final for the best of 5 and showed off their athleticism throughout the match. Johns and Arnold split the first two games, but Ben Johns took over in games three and four, finishing the match on an 11-0 win.
Anna Leigh Waters was business as usual on Sunday in Women’s Singles as she took care of Lea Janson 11-5, 11-7, 11-6. This is Water’s 14th singles gold medal in the last 15 tournaments she’s played with her only loss coming to Parris Todd back in June.
JW Johnson and Dekel Bar came out of the winners bracket and had the odds in their favor at the start of the match with Ben and Collin needing to beat them in the 3 out of 5 and an additional game to 15 if they wanted to win. The Johns brothers did just that, and in straight sets no less, outscoring Johnson/Bar 49-22.
The Women’s Doubles Match brought about the closest match of the day as Anna Leigh Waters and Catherine Parenteau took on Jessie Irvine and Anna Bright. Parenteau and Waters found themselves in a 2-0 hole in this best of 5 series but found their rhythm in the nick of time in game 3 winning a tightly contested game, 11-9. From there on out, it was all Parenteau and Waters as they ended up winning the match 7-11,9-11,11-9,11-4,11-4.
This was the first time, at least in recent memory, that Anna Leigh has played Women’s Doubles with someone other than her mom, Leigh Waters. Waters had little trouble adjusting, and continues to prove she is the most dominant figure in pickleball this year no matter her partner.
This perhaps was the most intriguing matchup of the day with the never before seen partnership of Anna Leigh Waters and Riley Newman. Let’s just say it worked..
Newman and Waters dominated every aspect of the game vs Ben Johns and Catherine Parenteau, outsourcing them 33-6 in a quick 3 games. Although Johns and Waters have been dominant all year long in their own right, it leaves you wondering if a Newman/Waters partnership is in the future…