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Green knocked from U.S. Open Racquetball Championships


Racquetball5Canadians 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.

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