Canadians had limited success Thursday (Oct. 9) at the 19th U.S. Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But Frédérique Lambert of Montreal is through to the women’s quarter-finals, along with Edmonton’s Kane Waselenchuk. They both won twice on Thursday.
Lambert defeated American Laura Brandt, 11-2, 11-1, 11-7, in the Round of 32, and then beat Mexican Alexandra Herrera, 11-5, 11-7, 11-1, in the Round of 16.
Waselenchuk, the No. 1 men’s seed and six time defending champion, had a walkover win against fellow Canadian Mike Green of Burlington, Ont. in the 32s, and then defeated American Cliff Swain, 11-5, 11-4, 11-2, in the 16s.
Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge, Alta. lost in the 32s to Tony Carson (USA), 11-9, 11-5, 11-2, and Samuel Murray of Baie Comeau, Que. fell against Swain, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8.
Finally, Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg lost a heartbreaking five game match against Carla Muñoz of Chile, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6.
Play in the 18th US Open Racquetball Championship continues through Sunday.