Mike Green of Hamilton and Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg have made history at the recent Canadian Racquetball Championships in Burlington.
Green defeated Tim Landeryou of Calgary in the Men’s Open Singles gold medal match in two games with scores of 15-6, 15-8. Green led throughout the first game but in the second Landeryou went ahead quickly. Green was able to come back strongly for the win, using several ace serves to help change the momentum.
Green’s win gives him a total of 10 Men’s Open Singles Championship titles, which ties him for the Canadian record set by Sherman Greenfeld.
“I idolized Sherman Greenfeld growing up and he set the bar high. It was a goal to beat him and to be as good as him because he was one of the all time greats. I never thought I would get there. I appreciate all my playing partners as they have pushed me to accomplish what I have.”
Saunders’ gold medal result in the Women’s Open Singles event gives her a record of nine championship titles. Saunders held the previous record at eight titles coming into the 2016 championships which ran May 23-28.
Saunders defeated Michèle Morissette of Baie-Comeau in Saturdays final, with scores of 15-10, 17-15. Morissette was up 14-12 in the second game and it looked like it may go to a tiebreaker but Saunders came back from behind to win.
Green and Saunders also each hold several Men’s and Women’s Open Doubles titles, which also gives each of them the Canadian record for the most overall combined Singles and Doubles Open titles in the men’s and women’s events.
Alexis Iwaasa of Lethbridge won her Women’s Open bronze medal match against Danielle Drury of Saskatoon in two games, 18-16, 15-7.
James Landeryou of Saskatoon defeated Nicolas Bousquet of Montréal in the Men’s Open bronze medal match, 10-15, 15-11, 11-3.