DRAW REVEAL: GUARANTEED RATE PPA CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY THORLO
The Guaranteed Rate PPA Championships presented by THORLO kicks off tomorrow and the professional draws for all five divisions of play have officially been released. It’s time to dive into the excitement!
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Ben Johns is the top seed but will be looking to bounce back after falling in the final last time out in Cincinnati to Federico Staksrud. If Johns is able to get through the first round he will face the winner of the match between Rafa Hewett and Quang Duong. Both Hewett and Duong have had success in singles, so Johns won’t have the easiest road.
The top half of the bracket features Pablo Tellez, Connor Garnett as well as Ryan Sherry. Sherry has a gold medal to his name and Tellez and Garnett have both medaled in singles.
Is this the tournament where Christian Alshon gets gold? He’s the No. 5 seed and also in a loaded top half of the bracket?
On the bottom side is Staksrud, coming off gold. Tyson McGuffin, who has three golds, two silvers, and a bronze since April, is always a name to watch. The potential matchup in the second round between McGuffin and Tyler Loong is an intriguing one. The two had words with each other the last time we saw them on the court together.
Defending champion Anna Leigh Waters is the top seed. She’s won the past two PPA titles, including last time out in Cincinnati. Waters could face Tyra Black in the quarterfinals. Black beat Waters the last time the two met and Black went on to win gold at the Takeya Showcase back in August. Waters has not lost since then.
Watch for Jessie Irvine in the bracket. Just the No. 21 seed. She had a great showing at the Beer City Open in singles play but has not medaled in singles on the PPA Tour.
Yana Newell and Lauren Stratman are both on the bottom half of the bracket. Both have medaled twice in singles since the end of July.
Johns and Waters are the top seed and will be going for their ninth title together since May. In their half of the bracket is the No. 4 seeded team of McGuffin and Parenteau as well as a potential quarterfinal matchup against Bar and Wright. The fifth-seeded team of Vivienne David and Thomas Wilson are looming, too. Wilson and David made the final in mixed doubles last time in Cincinnati losing to Johns and Waters.
On the other side of the bracket, the dangerous Newman pairs with Irvine and are the No. 2 seed. James Ignatowich and Bright are the three seeds, which could make for a great semifinal.
There’s also a decent chance for more drama as McGuffin and Loong are once again set to play against each other in what would be a second-round matchup.
A pair of players who have had success in singles – Ryan Eveloff and Gabe Joseph are pairing up in doubles. They’ll face Garnett and Hewett in a very interesting first-round matchup.
Sam Querrey is back in the bracket. He’s teaming with Zack Taylor and the two are the No. 23 seed.
A final between the Johns brothers – Collin and Ben – against J.W. Johnson and Dylan Frazier would be exceptional. Johnson and Frazier beat the Johns at the Takeya Showcase and the Johns got some revenge when they played for gold last time out in Cincinnati. Johnson and Frazier have made Championship Sunday four of the past five tournaments on tour, going 2-2 in that span.
Matt Wright and James Ignatowich are a compelling team. They’ll be the No. 4 seed and share the top half of the bracket with the Johns brothers, as well as Dekel Bar and Darrian Young, the No. 5 seed. Riley Newman and A.J. Koller will be trying for their first gold together since Newman and Wright split up their partnership back in July. Newman and Koller are the No. 3 seed.
Top-seeded Waters and Catherine Parenteau will be going for a third gold in a row. It should be an interesting draw as the pair could face Anna Bright and Lea Jansen in the final. It’s the first time Bright and Jansen have played together.
Other potential matchups to watch include an all-Utah pairing of Etta Wright and Allyce Jones as the No. 4 seed, who could face Waters and Parenteau in the semifinals. In the bottom half, watch for an explosive early draw match that could potentially happen between Rachel Rohrabacher and Jackie Kawamoto vs. the Brascia sisters – Maggie and Mary. Rohrabacher earned bronze in singles in Cincinnati and Kawamoto made the doubles final alongside her sister Jade at Cincinnati.