Report courtesy of WSDA.
Meredeth Quick successfully defended her 2016 John’s Island Open title this weekend with new partner, Suzie Pierrepont. The event, in its fifth year, was Quick’s second John’s Island Open title and Pierrepont’s third.
The event featured only two teams who had played together before and no teams who had played together previously in the John’s Island Open.
Tour newcomers Alicia Rodriguez and Nabilla Ariffin won two qualifying matches, eventually losing to fourth seeds, fellow Trinity College alum Fernanda Rocha and her Canadian partner, Seanna Keating, in the first round.
In the top half of the draw, qualifiers Victoria Simmonds and another Trinity College alum, Larissa Stephenson, lost to third seeds Stephanie Hewitt and Georgina Stoker.
Former top-ranked PSA player Madeline Perry made her WSDA debut playing with current WSDA World #7 Latasha Khan. Perry/Khan lost to Krizek/McElhinny in the first round with Perry showing much promise for a future on the WSDA tour.
The first semi-final was an extremely close match between top seeds Quick/Pierrepont and two of the quickest players on the tour, Hewitt/Stoker. Long points went back and forth with Quick/Pierrepont just managing to pull away at the end of each game to secure a place in the final.
The second semi-final was similar to the first. Closely contested games saw the higher seeds Krizek/McElhinny pull away at the end of each game to secure their spot in the final.
All four players in this year’s final also contested the 2016 final, when Natarsha McElhinny and Meredeth Quick defeated Narelle Krizek and Suzie Pierrepont in five games. Krizek, McElhinny and Pierrepont had all won this title twice previously and Quick once. Krizek/Pierrepont partnered to win the event in 2013 and 2014 before being forced to skip the event in 2015 when Krizek was sidelined by a foot injury. McElhinny paired with Dana Betts in 2015 to win her first title, defending the following year with Quick.
The final was an excellent match between two evenly matched teams. The two had met once before in the semi-final of the NYC Open back in November, which Quick/Pierrepont won 3/1. In this final, Quick/Pierrepont edged out the first two before narrowly losing the third. Quick/Pierrepont started the fourth strong before Krizek/McElhinny pulled back a number of points. It looked like the match was heading for a fifth game before a number of Quick winners secured her title defense.
The pro-am tournament was a third successive win for Peter McGlynn. The final was a re-match of last year’s final with McGlynn partnering with Georgina Stoker to defeat Michael Pierce and Latasha Khan.
Thank you to Michael Pierce, the John’s Island Club, and everyone who supported the event.