Yana is originally from Vladimir, Russia. She currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri (and absolutely LOVES it)! She is a multi-talented athlete. She started playing tennis at the age of 5 and went on to play for The University of Missouri – Kansas City where she won two back-to-back championships in 2018 and 2019. She was awarded Freshman of the Year and Rookie of the Year. She was also a part of the track and field team.
Grechkina is super competitive and loves just about any sport. She enjoys playing volleyball, soccer, ice-skating, hiking, swimming, and is currently obsessed with disc golf! She was introduced to pickleball while attending college and enjoyed playing on the weekends “just for fun.” As she approached graduation though, she realized her tennis career would be coming to an end and, in 2020, she decided to give professional pickleball a run. Today Yana is a contracted Touring Pro with the PPA and she’s making her mark on the tour.
Yana is passionate about learning new things. She learned English at the age of 6, learned Spanish while living in Spain for five years, and studied Accounting and Business Management in college. In her free time, she enjoys coding, reading books, and painting. She loves to travel as well.
Yana dreams of playing pickleball with Roger Federer, playing for the PPA in her home country—Russia, and eventually retiring in Switzerland!!!
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The PPA, Selkirk Labs, and the prestigious Braemar Country Club in Los Angeles are thrilled to announce the Selkirk Labs Showdown presented by Invited—a made-for-television pickleball event.
August 5-7, 2022
Braemar Country Club
Join us live on PPA TV and The Tennis Channel on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 5-7, 2022 for this thrilling, unconventional show featuring wild matchups and unlikely partnerships.
Imagine Ben Johns and Federico Staksrud challenging Matt Wright and Ryan “Sherbear” Sherry; or Lucy Kovalova and Allyce Jones taking on Anna Leigh Waters and Yana Grechkina!!! It promises to be an event to remember—full of surprising results, on-court theatrics, and (of course) some of the best pickleball on the planet!!! Don’t miss out.
A limited number of tickets are available for fans to attend the event live. Reserve your seats while you can.
There are three pools of players, each with four men and four women competitors. The first round—on Friday, August 5th—will feature a round-robin of matches between the players in each group. The matches will be a chaotic combination of men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles match.
Players will earn points individually, based on their performance during the pool play.
The top two men’s and women’s players from each pool will advance to the semi-finals, along with two wild card women’s players and two wild card men’s players (based on their wins/losses and point differential).
Coming to you LIVE ON CBS, Skechers and the PPA Tour are bringing together the top-seeded professional pickleball players for a mid-season “made-for-tv” championshipevent. Hosted in Los Angeles, CA: It’s the Skechers Invitational Summer Championship.
Don’t miss a single moment of this historic event, beginning Friday, August 12th on PPA TV’s YouTube and Facebook Channels, and then airing live on CBS, Saturday beginning at one Pacific…
Pickleball Live on CBS
Pickleball Live on CBS
Watch the best teams compete in the Midseason Championships
It will be the largest audience ever watching professional pickleball at the same time!!!
The weekend will be filled by marquee matches of the top seeds battling it out as the second half of the season kicks off. Tune in for all matches highlighted by the following live on CBS:
Saturday, August 13th, 1 PM PT: (2) Anna Leigh Waters / Leigh Waters vs. (1) Callie Smith / Lucy Kovalova
Saturday, August 13th, 2 PM PT: (2) Riley Newman / Matt Wright vs. (1) Ben Johns / Collin Johns
And live on CBS Sports on Sunday:
Sunday, August 14th, 12 PM PT: (2) Lucy Kovalva / Matt Wright vs. (1) Catherine Parenteau / Riley Newman
Sunday, August 14th, 1 PM PT: (2) Tyson McGuffin vs. (1) Ben Johns
Sunday, August 14th, 2 PM PT: (2) Catherine Parenteau vs. (1) Anna Leigh Waters
Many more matches coming your way all weekend available on PPA TV.