Again we have it anally waters on the left and Riley Newman on the right love that combo speaking of combos there's a great one from Riley Newman part of the number two slash one if you ask him probably uh men's doubles teams on the PPA tour and actually the winner of the bubble League team championships alongside.

Tennis pro Sam query and the rest of that team second sir actually took down John isner's team in the Championships it had Ben Johns on that team so a little bit of a rematch for those two facing off against one another inside out for Annalee Waters number one women's player in the world.

Just 15 years old she turned Pro when she was 12 the youngest player to ever do so he faced but her game is anything but childlike she is a dynamite a Dynamo out there unbelievable player eight Triple Crowns this year alone on the PPA tour was that Infamous backhand.

If you're wondering what a Triple Crown is let him know cam Triple Crown is when you win all three events so she wins her singles she wins mixed doubles with her partner Ben Johnson who's now on the opposite side of court and women's doubles usually alongside her mom Lee Waters recently just got injured so she is alongside Catherine parento to finish.

Out the year there's that defense from Newman he gets another back foreign originally out of Washington Whidbey Island just a few miles away from the origin of pickleball in Bainbridge official sport now.

Washington Jesse Irvin originally out of North Carolina plays that right side along Ben Johns she is the queen of consistency and the queen of Dinks setting up her partner beautifully all getting up a little bit High Ben John's plenty of time let's use that.

Signature backhand counter second serve so if this is the first time you're ever watching pickleball we talked about the double side outscoring both you and your partner have to lose serve in order for the ball to go to the other side you can only score points on your serve for your.

Team so that's why you're hitting those scores the 1-1 and that third number is whether it's first serve or second serve point if you win the point you also switch sides with your partner like Riley Newman and Annalee just did Tricky Tricky dirty looking like he was going through.

The middle oh nope so fast Ben Johns from Riley Newman hey you mentioned that Cameron Blackwood right on that Scouting Report yeah and she just wanted to follow in Riley Newman's footsteps there like hey you know what I can go ahead and take that up but she set it up perfectly second serve what that did was jamming him up.

Really opened up the middle for that next ball there's the stack from Ben Johns and Jesse Irvin point they're really finding those middle balls on the side of Irvin and John and it's because they don't play together really ever outside of this so that's.

Going to be something that they're gonna have to tighten up quickly if they don't want to go down yeah they've done a good job of holding these outside things up the line pulls people wide and then bang through the middle 5-1 a quick start for Waters and Newman challenging the other side of Irvin and.

John's one more after this and welcome back Ben Johns now serving from the right side trailing by four with his partner Jesse Irvin the 2022 bubbly Team Championships and exhibition was four of the top Pros on tour second serve forcing Ben such small margins they're.

Annalee looking for the Ernie no space to go there then Riley covering the middle you can just hear the quickness off the paddle of both John's as well as Waters unreal you can see that Jesse looks like she's trying to attack the feet of Annalee Waters right here and that's the right play when you are going to have.

Those she has such long arms she's taken a lot of balls out of the air in the kitchen taking time away and when she can finish it right at the feet is the right side some of those dinks go in that direction a little bit a little passive allows Emily to really pick her Target on Ben Johns.

Point oh nearly whiffing there he's 31. there's the angle of Ben John's no one does it quite like him and it's absurd we'll see it here in a replay I've seen that all day from Ben Johns good hands and whoever was in the crowd right there snatched that one timing such an important piece of.

Countering it is and as you saw there we call it the slide in pickleball so when you see that ball and it's sped up you choose then are you gonna slide to your right or your left if you want a forehand or a backhand you saw Annalee Waters there slide out to her left just miss that forehand foreign.

Off the Ernie of Newman this one so impressed with Anna Lee 's here putting so much on these things at that point then thought he had it behind her and she comes up with a better dink great Handler second serve that's great placement there when you're in that transition zone as Irvin was.

Meaning that middle Zone from the Baseline and the kitchen line any ball there is going to be hard to get back especially an unattackable ball and again she got caught in that transition zone needed to either put a little bit more on it and then work her way in or go ahead and be aggressive and have those hands ready for a counter.

That's exactly what Jesse Irvin I would have liked to have seen her do seven four one she's going right at her partner Lefty off Newman what a save somehow that manages to go over the net she thought they were off balance but nice recovery there from Ben John it's.

Just a sick display from offense to defense defense to offense so hard to change up paces can flick above his head you're gonna go ahead and take that then you have to be fully committed and he knew that that ball wasn't as sharp as it would have liked to have been went ahead and saw that ball go right behind.

Him if you can hear from the sounds of Jesse Irvin she was on that one point really good driving crash there from Ben Johnson finding Annalee just jammed there side out and that is what we call Momentum killer.

The first shot or the prior point was set up because of Ben John's heavy aggressive surf so I like that from him he just can't go for too much here and get the ball back nice defense he handcuffs Jesse Irvin up the line that's not something Ben's used to playing with a partner that doesn't have.

Quite as good hands as Anna Lee Waters the top of the game he's used to speeding that up and having someone finish for him second serve Jesse Irvin comes from quite a tennis background I've been working to go professionally at a young age started attending some.

Prestigious tennis academies all the way back when she was 13 years old Anna Lee Waters also coming from a tennis background started playing pickleball with visiting Grandma and Grandpa they're homeless in a little bit of trouble as the hurricane came their Direction in.

Florida ever since then she's pretty much been the best player in the world can I get the seat on the other side of the Court that was incredibly powerful from Jesse Urban there and what she did so well yes she was backed off the line but like you said her hips and her shoulders were.

Square up so she was ready for those counters and finished it perfectly well and the challenge too of going two-hand backhand counter and then she actually punched volley one hand on that second one the ability to those are two different shots and two different skill sets and kind of challenging that grip especially having the mindset to.

Differentiate which one you want to hit at the exact right time that's why she's one of the best in the world oh the dinner the dink winner from Annalee Waters this looks easy at home but I swear it takes so much skill to get your body controlled get that paddle the ball great little roll behind Ben Johns there.

He doesn't look stupid often but that was the one time he did you gotta remember it's also really hard because we've we've talked about it in the game of pickleball and mixed doubles it's all about percentages right you're trying to get somebody uncomfortable on the other side you see those fellas really start to.

Come in more aggressively fine so you're leaving room on the back side of Ben John so at times you're gonna see winners go that direction trying to keep him honest but ultimately the percentages typically still go in his favor having him be aggressive like there on that forehand side 100 when he takes over the middle.

That ball is long and there is game one Waters and Newman 11-7 just incredible defense in that last rally Waters and Newman up by one John's and Irvin got out to an early start here in game at number two but Newman and Waters are fighting their way back now trailing by just two points and having picked up game number one welcome.

Back to the 2022 bubbly Team Championships on the PPA tour presented by MGM Rewards second serve back out of the timeout Riley Newman with some Force five three two wow I don't even know what that what do you.

Call that paddle position it's called Uh oh I don't know what to do with it the crossbody attack one of the newer developments in the last year in the game of pickleball a lot of times you'll see that backhand set up on the right side Cross Court crossbody is tough.

It's not a whole lot of room to do it though no and I think Annalee Waters is I think one of the best at that cross-court speedups like you said we don't see it a lot it has been in the nuances of involving this game usually you'll speed up straight ahead not so much anymore you can really catch someone at their hip and as you saw.

They're really jammed him in that middle body on the forehand side four six one second third and the reason Ben Jones is able to finish that so quickly if you watched he didn't let the paddle come all the way across his body he flicks it with the wrist keeps it out in front ready for.

That next attacking ball ready to counter any ball and finish it wherever he wants in complete control thickness of Swing so important and it's interesting you talk about reaction time I actually did a little bit of math I mean some of the what you might see in terms of reaction time for a professional baseball player from pitch.

To actual back contact is less than four tenths of a second in pickleball guess what it's less than four tenths of a second from 14 feet away kitchen line to Kitchen line with how fast that ball is moving wow that was incredible for those of you that don't know you may have heard of an Ernie which is when you go ahead and.

Cross over that kitchen like he did a Bert meaning you jump in front of your partner and hit the winning shot incredible work by Ben Johnson it's actually the second one we've seen from him in this match not only the athleticism but the anticipation to know that's where the ball is going to go time it perfectly.

Very impressive stuff there from the goat then John there's a cross-court backhand flick crossbody the opposite direction It's very effective like we said there's new shots that are just continue to evolve in the game of pickleball another one is a lob we used to not see it now it's transitioned over to pickleball.

You're taking logs out of the kitchen off the bounce on a third shot usually we would never see that now there's third shot lobs in pickleball it is changing you have to stay up to date with the fastest growing sport in America I just love it so much well and that's what makes it so fun and Ben Johns has talked about it himself the.

Fact that this is a game that he can experiment with and continue to kind of change and evolve Test new things he started even at times working with a two-handed backhand speed up off the bounce off the line testing some different things out in his own game and a huge evolution in the game right.

Now is the patio carbon fiber face on these paddles allowing a little more grit compared to you know your polyester strings in tennis allowing the balls to go up and down faster getting more RPMs and then combine it with the athletes in this game we're just getting a different more athletic brand despicable.

Point Athletic no doubt Annalee water is right there winning the The Exchange five seven five seven one foreign that third one always ends up on the opposing side six seven two and that's when you have the slide and Vault if there's time for it meaning that when the ball's coming and you know it's.

Going to be coming back you gotta choose are we going to sit for him am I going to sit backhand and you slide accordingly to where you can hit that winning shot receiver 772 just like that the comeback has been mounted by Waters and Newman is now seven seven two let's see if they can finish it off in two games.

A fantastic battle is upon a seven a piece here in game number two waters Newman Irvin and Johns on NBC we're so glad to have you with us let's see if Waters and John's excuse me Waters Newman can close it out sliding in front is Ben Johns really impressive there from Irvin kept them in that point Riley was all over.

The net there getting down at their feet Jesse able to one more ball back sticking getting one more ball pack Ben John's right now doing a nice job of it and as you saw right there they just weren't able to get up they got stuck in that transition zone Newman placed it perfectly right at their feet you're.

Gonna win that ball every single time good leave from Riley Newman what a play a little bit of everything in that one solid hold Waters and Newman get the ball back now deep serve or deep return from John's second search 772 point.

Rare Miss thereby Jesse Irvin she's not gonna miss that one again she just came through and she went straight down to the ground versus out in front of her point I think they're on the switch when Jesse's having to come over after a stack she didn't get close enough to that kitchen line it's about five feet behind trying to hit an offensive shot.

In order to get in a little bit faster there put defense from Antelope is skipped under the toes of Riley Newman so ball back the way of Irvin and John's after two have been earned from Waters and Newman tough ball nice job off the net for.

Irving sliding back in Ben John closing out something different that you're seeing right here with Johnson she's not sucking over as much on the side with Irvin because he respects Annalee Waters game so much he knows exactly what she's capable of so yes you will see him then sing in the middle but also making sure.

That his line on the left side is covered every single time yeah sorry that's a great Point these Minor Adjustments you have to make not only with who your partner is but who's on the opposing side of the Court understanding The Scouting Report and only likes her shot she's in complete disbelief 9-9 now.

Still second serve for Irvin and Johns Jesse Irvin right at the right time we've seen that before from Jesse Irvin Riley Newman closing and holding the middle Jesse seeing that line ripping it she screamed before it even hit the other side of the court she had so much confidence with that shot and that's.

Exactly what she needs she needs to continue to have that confidence playing on this side because they have to take this game if they want to take it into a third 100 she needs to keep being offensive if Ben's going to take chances yes she has to play her role in being solid but she has to take those chances like she did there you have to win.

Points can't just have the other team lose them gotta love that aggressive play from Jesse Irvin glad you found her way on over from to pickleball from the tennis world time in 1092. it's game point Irvin and John's.

Says no good which means we're going to three one game will let us know who our Victor will be human now on the left side again trying to get a little bit different look they don't want to have anally abused on the left side like she has in the last few points.

Scoop from Anna Lee atp's offended and we're back into the point oh we almost had one on each side and she will not miss those often she really does wait for that ball to get super low outside of the court and finish it just a little too tight on that one.

Annalee back on the left and a dink missed out of bounds Annalee says oh I'm so good over here on the left two four one two four still first serve another Anna Lee Waters says she's had enough three straight now normally when Ben creeps over the middle.

The only shot you have to look out for is a slow ball over to your left she's got so much action on that and there's the angle still just the second serve for Newman and Waters it almost looks like they're playing straight up just kind of depending on what side of the Court they are on in.

Terms of their serve d as he talked about earlier having space for herself and the big backhand of the 15 year old phenom there's a reason she's got eight Triple Crowns this year right at the knee you don't you know.

What I'm curious to see is some tennis footage of Riley Newman playing he played Collegiate tennis and basketball at Seattle University curious if he played with the same grip if you could with a racket and streams but you never know I don't think it's going to be as pretty.

As this pickleball game I kind of just want to see him dominate on the pickleball court but if there's some old footage release it put it on your Instagram like it's to come into the pickleballs there's a nice shot from Jesse Irvin they still play with their their.

Traditional grip right maybe there's some adjustments that you make right in terms of comfort level I don't okay I completely changed my grip from my forehand and Tennis to pickleball but again it's preference it's whatever's most comfortable for you and and as the sport evolves I think you can evolve with it change the grip according to how.

The game is being played and you've seen these players I think they may be playing this style now give it six months give it a year this might be a completely different game and I'm just so excited that we're a part of it right at the Forefront well and to the point Ben Johns has talked about he uses a handful of different grips when he's.

Playing from being at the Baseline up at the kitchen line it consistently varies depending on what shot he's trying to go with yeah I think you know a couple years ago people were talking about Continental grip it was good for everything switched over now to kind of an Eastern forehand grip.

Allows you to do a lot more with the ball keep everything in front get more spin but yes these players are making tiny adjustments all the time depending on the shot you're the yes yes from Riley Newman Danny set it up perfectly he really pushed Ben Johns out wide with that nice.

Heavy roll slid into the middle and found that opening we still play 211 win by two here in game three two point that thing was diving at the kneecap I suggest you thought that ball was going in the net might have clipped the net a.

Little bit on the way over high on the left shoulder that ball staying in we'll never know no but uh I think she had a great look at that she's not gonna miss that too often I think it came a little higher than she expected swing got a little big second serve.

I just saw they're just getting jammed they're just not used to Playing Together probably should have been John's ball and had Irvin slide over to the right a little bit but hoping they make that adjustment yeah to your point she almost shifted left and still was working with that forehand volley.

Foreign Newman one of the most expressive in terms of willpower trying to get the ball over the net side out I think Annalee got a back bounce there Baldwin go exactly where she thought it might six five now.

Take a look at this great shot Jesse Irvin yeah Riley Newman not wanting to go to Ben Johns there leaves it up a little high dinky down the line that's why we normally don't think downline and pickleball and that's higher on that side 36 inches on the thought on the side 34 in the middle.

And you have less space to really attack and get your partner involved credit to the site of Irvin and Johns though I think they've really kept that intensity from game two moving into game three and yes they've had some miscommunication in the middle that's expected but I think the style of pickleball they're playing with the.

Aggressive not only movement but power and placement looking to see on the other side how Newman and Waters can really counter that get back the momentum on their side pickleball is really a game of momentum and runs you'll see that a lot in pickleball you'll have a team that just makes a run of 4.5.6 points it's really.

Slowing down the momentum getting the ball back getting a reset back into the game six five one the game of momentum as Cameron puts it let's see who can find at the momentum here to close out game three that's a good way coming back out of the timeout six five two here's the look at the.

Kitchen on both sides of the net how fast these hands have to go side out five six one and only with some help from the net second son that's actually if you remember back the last shot she had in game number two she's trying to speed up towards the middle there towards that.

Backhand side of Jesse Irvin and close out with her backhand and to your point there's the noise from Jesse Irvin and that is perfectly planned mixed double point right there you see John's took the majority of the court and balls however when it came time for the put.

Away Irvin executed it incredibly well went right behind Newman down the line steady dinking from Anna Lee until the two-hand speed up up the line talk about the variation of shots I don't think we've seen this yet the inside in backhand over the high part of the net not the highest percentage shot and not one that Ben would.

Board so when she hits it he's not expecting it at all across the court with her speak her speed side in it was a great change up and she didn't go for a lot she just made sure her wrists were down got a lot of spin make sure it kept in Irving Works her way in you saw her about three feet off the kitchen line.

Very comfortable sitting back that direction until the close generally not happy with that ball that dink just got away from her left it up a little bit too high easy put away for Jesse Urban excited that's the one Anna Lee's been looking for you gotta make a move now if your Waters and Newman.

Great return though plenty of depth on that ball there's a time where I like that Jesse Irvin moved off the kitchen on gave her plenty of time if Annalee were to speed it up what she did there really smart to move off that line the drop shot and Newman is quick oh and just wide but you have to love.

The effort look at that Hustle that was a great shot from Ben Johns right there on the forehand side of Annalee Waters 9-5 now things looking awfully bright for Irvin and John's foreign finally finding the backhand side.

Two side out Jesse just sat right in that posture and unfortunately those resets just kept getting higher and higher and higher and it's one of those that you just really have to soft those hands Let It Drop in the kitchen or swing away and be aggressive and move right up.

Again the backhand lap that's some power off the pedal of Jesse Jesse's even doing a better job with the one hand this game than the two that's a new technique that she's been working on with Coach Scott Crandall train a lot out in Arcadia to your point there's two more from her it's working.

Here's a nice glimpse nine five finale again looking for that Cross Court speed up just hasn't quite gone her way in these last two games it really has it and I wouldn't I just match point now but I'd like her to make that adjustment quicker if it's not working let's switch it up.

Still looking for match ball now he finishes the Epic rally back and forth the scoop by Newman in the middle of that was fantastic still a match point so tough when it pops up off the net right there and a much needed side out for Waters and Newman.

Was laughing I think she should have gone to the two hands there she knew it we have not seen that in a while a backhand speed up all right excuse me a speed up to the backhand side of Ben Johns and again the switch from new men and Waters point.

Just why did you hear the frustration frustration from Jesse Irvin but she is playing lights out right now I don't want her to change anything about her game maybe pick her spots maybe just a little bit better but everything else is working for her so much in that ball because the spin it can.

Double up after a few of those contacts still second serve now so they earned two back they're gonna stop the bleeding so to speak that's all they cared about getting that ball back match ball again for Irvin and John's their third and they're gonna have a fourth look at.

A match point second serve ten seven two miscommunication and that's a hard will finish if your water's in Newman but a massive congratulations to those two they dropped game at number one but then found games two
Competitive Intense Match between Anna Leigh Waters/Riley Newman vs Ben Johns/Jessie Irvine.

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