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Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters: Nearly Slips in Mixed Semis

Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters: The dominant force in mixed doubles pickleball, faced a formidable challenge in their recent Orange County Cup tournament, showing both resilience and championship grit. Despite a near-defeat in the semifinals, the duo once again proved why they are the team to beat on the PPA Tour.

A Test of Character: Overcoming Challenges in the Semifinals

The incredible duo Ben and Waters, known for their near-perfect record this year, encountered a tough semifinal match against Jorja and JW Johnson. Ben struggled to find his usual rhythm throughout the weekend, displaying moments of frustration and disinterest. However, Anna Leigh’s steadfast play and strategic prowess kept them in the game when it mattered most.

The Semifinal Showdown: A Grueling Battle

The match started with Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters taking the first game comfortably at 11-3, but the Johnsons responded fiercely, claiming the second game at 11-5. Heading into the decisive third game, Jorja and JW Johnson surged ahead, gaining momentum and reaching a commanding 10-4 lead with match point in sight.

Facing adversity, Ben Johns unleashed a critical backhand flick winner to spark a comeback. Anna Leigh Waters then seized control, applying pressure with aggressive plays that unsettled their opponents. As the tension mounted, the Johnsons faltered on crucial points, allowing Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters to claw their way back from the brink.

In a dramatic turn of events, the duo team fought off five match points to clinch victory with a thrilling 12-10 finish in the third game, securing their spot in the finals.

Final Triumph: Sealing Victory

Buoyed by their semifinal triumph, Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters carried their momentum into the finals against Catherine Parenteau and Christian Alshon. Displaying their trademark blend of skill and determination, they claimed yet another gold medal, underscoring their status as the premier mixed doubles team on the PPA Tour.

 

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With their resilience and ability to perform under pressure, Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters continue to set the standard in mixed doubles pickleball. As they navigate the rest of the season, challengers will undoubtedly aim to dethrone the reigning champions, but their recent performance proves they are a force to be reckoned with.

As pickleball enthusiasts celebrate their latest victory, Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters remain focused on their quest for continued success and excellence in the sport they dominate.

Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters

News in Brief: Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters

Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters faced a formidable challenge in their recent mixed doubles pickleball tournament, overcoming a tough semifinal against Jorja and JW Johnson. Despite trailing 10-4 in the decisive third game, they staged a remarkable comeback, saving five match points to secure victory with a thrilling 12-10 finish.

joyous  by this resilience, they went on to secure another gold medal in the finals against Catherine Parenteau and Christian Alshon. Their ability to perform under pressure reaffirms their dominance on the PPA Tour, setting a high standard for mixed doubles pickleball. As they continue their season, challengers will aim to challenge their reign, but the duo remain formidable contenders in the sport they excel in.

Our Readers Queries:

Ques: Did Anna Leigh Waters play soccer?

Ans: Life. In addition to pickleball, Waters was a competitive soccer player, but has stopped playing soccer to focus on pickleball.

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