Triple Crowns are in play on this second Championship Sunday on the carvana PPA tour Ben Johns and Anna Lee Waters Remain the names to be beat at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open presented by Foot Solutions both aiming for the double triple we will start our day with mixed doubles five total matches in store for this Championship Sunday here.

At the Desert Ridge Resort and Spa by J.W Marriott and hi everyone welcome to Championship Sunday I'm Cameron Irwin alongside Dave Fleming one of our senior Pros here on tour so Dave we have to first and foremost explain what the double triple is how might that take shape today well we've got two players playing in three different events that's.

Ben Johns and Anna Lee Waters can they win singles mixed doubles and men's and women's doubles respectfully and take three crowns today if they do that's the double we'll have a double triple well and you already saw some of the matchups on screen we have five in total we're so thrilled to get through each one of those but explain how Championship.

Sunday works in terms of the rules sure so our doubles today will be best three out of five games to 11. you gotta win by two though eleven ten doesn't get it done singles will be best two out of three and it's side out scoring you can only score a point when you serve we'll see long runs and then finally the players call their own lines but the.

Referees will be watching their feet at the no volley Zone you can't go in there and volley the Zone stay out of the kitchen cam you gotta stay out of the kitchen that's for sure but let's talk a little bit about this first matchup it's Matt Wright and Lucy kovalova versus Ben Johns and Annalee Waters and so many people would be really surprised to.

Think these are all top veterans in the game but they've only matched up once before yeah it's surprising I thought the computer was broken when I did my research but they've only played once Waters and John's one comfortably in D.C so Wright and kovalova they'd love to play fast but they're going to slow it down they know all the pressures on the.

Other side because those two want the Triple Crown I don't know we'll see what happens all right well the double triple is up for grabs here at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open Ben Johns and Anna Lee Waters take the court next versus Matt Wright and Lucy kovaleva first serve coming up next Championship court is the place to be.

Here on this Sunday on the carvana PPA tour Cameron Irwin alongside Dave Fleming and here is our first matchup of the day mix Pro doubles is in store Anna Lee Waters and Ben Johns the goats of pickleball they have won everything under the sun facing off against Matt Wright and Lucy kovalova so Dave I think first and foremost what is the equation.

For success for Matt Wright and Lucy kovalova against this very daunting team of Ben Johns and Ally Waters playlist you're the underdog and play slow because the team on the other side has so much Firepower and just have fun you're on Championship Sunday let's go first serve is now underway stop it.

That ball just wide so on the near side of your screen that is Lucy kovalova who will be serving next just playing alongside Matt Wright who's on the left that's been John's wearing his championship red Sunday attire hello tiger hello tiger zero zero two and of course the 16 year old Phenom Annalee.

Waters at the kitchen now success Miss backhand drop from Lucy kovalova yeah and right in kovalova had to Stave off a match point down just to get here in the semi-finals cam so uh a lot of work just to play on Sunday and a point now on the board for Waters and John's the number one seed.

They are also the defending champs here at Desert Ridge wow Cross Court speed up Lucy kovalova not bull no just punch it you don't need to take a big swing at that let the pace of your opponent's balls travel beautiful job by kovalova same lady return so.

Serve to win a point it is a double side out score is two zero two and you can hear Matt Wright saying oh man I hit my knee paddle and knee not necessarily get that knee out of there Matt right out of Kansas now it's a corporate attorney.

One of my favorite stories about Matt Wright as you see the point that direction for kovalova and right is that he found pickleball because he was obviously he was a tennis player and he said we were trying to get some extra conditioning in so he punctured a tennis ball and started playing with wooden paddles only five dollars and taped the.

Lines out that was kind of his first step into the game of pickleball whatever it takes to get started and I don't know anyone that's quit the sport Cameron so uh once you get going you're on a Obsession that we all love that seems fair pickleball Gods on a Sunday so one versus two and again this.

Is only the second time these two teams have met Ben Johns and Matt Wright have met several times but with different partners to this point minus one event and this is where Ben Johnson Anna Lee Waters started their Rampage they came together as a partnership last year at.

This event won that one and then have been flying have only not won one other event since that day thank you defense to offense on perfect display from Ben Johns and what you saw there's the big difference on overheads between tennis and pickleball tennis you'd.

Bounce that into the 40th row Cameron but you can't do that with the plastic Dura fast 40 pickleball beautiful defense and that is a look at a third shot drive you have a couple different ways that you can take care of that third shot oftentimes it's between the third shot drop and drive.

Been choosing to do the same and that is an especially effective Choice when your opponents are switching to the other side because they want to keep kovalova on the right if she's in a hurry give her the ball and they do it again there there's the poach from Emily Waters so that just you don't really run a lot of.

Plays in pimple Ball but that's one you can as a team it's called a shake and bake you drive that third shot as you mentioned Cameron then have your partner crash and get the next one beautifully executed Handley Waters just 16 years old out of Boynton Beach Florida shooting team 712 one of the youngest players who have.

Turned Pro ever and she has won everything under the sun looking for a Triple Crown here today alongside her current partner and Ben John they are up 7-1 the largest pickleball tournament in Arizona history has been taking shape over the past four days here at the Desert Ridge.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open I'm Cameron Irwin alongside Dave Fleming right now Annalee Waters and Ben John sit atop the largest tournament as the number one seed they also set Atop The Score as they are up eight to one now yeah you hate to call time out to kind of squelch the momentum on the other side and then miss.

A return coming out of it foreign has been all fire on that shot throughout the weekend I think that's the first time I've seen her miss it yeah that's such a deceptive two-handed backhand because you can hit it a number of ways Matt Wright was beat luckily it went a.

Little deep for him second sir and there's the you try and hit a seven point shot in pickleball we don't have those Cameron you've got to go one at a time when you're down like this and a couple gifts from Ben don't hurt so Lucy kovalova earns a point.

And misses the drive as well Lucy and Matt both working with new Onyx paddles they are carbon through and through Ben and very thin yeah most people play 14 millimeters or 16 millimeters these are 12 and they are even making a 10 when this comes out to the market later this year from Onyx so very thin that.

Gives up a little bit of control but adds power speaking of power Anna Lee and Ben just unload they look uh pretty darn good in the uh quest for the double triple here today starting in game one second sir and timing timing is everything in the game of pickleball.

Just changing the pace there is Matt Wright game number one to the number one seed eleven to two oh boy they just put the rest of the competitors on notice Ben Johns and Anna Lee Waters look dangerous a beauty of a day for Championship.

Sunday here in Phoenix Arizona Ben Johnson Anna Lee Waters picked up game at number one it is best three out of five in this mixed doubles final between waters Johns kovalova and right sorry and a good leave there so Dave I look to you first and foremost you talked about patience on the side of kovalova and right and staying a little.

Bit more disciplined in some of these rallies so wildly soft touches on the side of Ben Johns and Annalee Waters so is that still the equation even in the first rally of this this game Lucy's fed it up right at Ben Johnson ate it and uh they're just gonna have to really want to grind dig in they know the.

Athleticism on the other side but when you get a ball you can't be tentative and not go after it yeah so that's my next question is what does that look like to be able to grind out points playing pickleball is it just extending some of those dink rallies is it okay get to the kitchen very conservatively and then make Anna Lee hit a billion.

Danks to earn a point one of the best to do it with that forehand roll there's your two-handed backhand flattening that out is Ben John so the challenge though is your mechanics and your fundamentals have to be solid you got to drop that third shot we talked about how important that is to get to.

The kitchen if it's up in the air you'll never get the place left here's that dink you were talking about Lucy kovalova had a nice misdirect in the middle of that however missed the middle dink so the the challenge there is you don't you want to play slow but also smart meaning she got a ball up there then go after it earn the right to.

Attack but don't just attack for no reason foreign to your point it's almost as if you're in their box just an extended rally there on the side of kovalova and right and they open up space behind Ben John's.

Yeah this is again a lot of this looks like okay it's athleticism and all that but the strategy and then the discipline to play that way is so important when you get to Sunday oh what a save from Matt right Annalee finding the Middle season that right to the sideline and again that.

Ball's got to go slow he put it right into the Wheelhouse that's the no-fly zone there Cameron of Anna Lee Waters Ben John's just a step behind the kitchen line so it's the height of the ball in relation to where the net is that ball came up off the Top Spin and that is a ball Matt needs to go after.

Can't let those opportunities go away well done by right the counter looked good but I think it's about six inches long yeah that's what they want though okay let Anna Lee take a ball and speed it up Matt's just got to make that one and again the back side of Ben John when you have the guy starting to shift.

Towards that Center Line things might open up absolutely you got to keep them honest over there and that was a beautiful shot and we saw the patented kovalova fist pump to the penthouse foreign not taking the Hop and Ali was hoping for so we are tied up at two a piece and you can see the crowd just in the.

Background it's been like this all week this place has been sold out as Ben gets a nice dribbler there his Direction yeah I used to live up in this area this this these folks love their pickleball Cameron and they are showing it by their attendance Can't Be Tardy here there will be no seats.

They could say they're standing room only but I don't even think that exists anymore at this point three two one every corner filled three two now for Anna Lee and Ben not being able to slide just enough is Lucy kovalova but you saw the lob from Annalee Waters that right corner where Lucy kovalova is right now Vision.

Definitely impaired yeah how do we know that because we were just standing there about 10 minutes ago so really hard to see and Anna Lee really brought the lobs into the women's semi-final that she played in yesterday and they were really effective another great way to push your opponent off that kitchen line all right.

Second serve later today our women's final actually next up our women's final Annalee Waters playing alongside Catherine parento versus Elise Jones and Leia Jansen yeah the other interesting thing on Championship Sunday is here we have Ben Johns versus Matt Wright they'll square off again in men's.

Emily Waters will be playing with Catherine parento and women's and then they'll play against each other in singles foreign friends close enemies closer right exactly I don't mean enemies just opponents enemies in the 44 by 20 and then we'll.

Be friends when it's over that's the dimensions of the port ion finding the Baseline right there recognizing that slice dink sitting a bit too hard so it's anticipation and then shot selection so you saw him hit underneath the ball and spin it so if he hits a regular swing that's going to go well out the spin kept it in that's.

Gorgeous from Johnson annalize says no you don't she gets lost and is shaking her head Ben Johnson shaking his finger too look at this don't you know I'm 16 and have crazy athleticism Matt right come on man Ley Waters three one one eight Triple Crowns in 2022 and there's good reason.

And there's one for one in 2023. trying to look for the flick there is Matt Wright dropping the paddlehead down yeah and when you're the underdog those are the shots you just have to make it's got to be a higher percentage than even your normal is sorry I like that step back and what I mean by.

That if you see a lofted third shot drop it's gonna bounce up so you take a step back hit it at the Apex and slam it at somebody's feet Smart Choice by Matt right there Nice Shot is correct that's the other big difference in tennis you don't usually get tagged by your opponent but in pickleball it's.

Part of the game you're only 14 feet away seven on each side of the net at the kitchen switch for Ben and Annalee what a point from the number two seed and Matt Wright loves to play to the crowd tremendous defense again Matt Wright and Lucy kovaleva way back but.

Kovaleva made a tremendous recovery on the angled overhead by Ben Johns just caught the Baseline and then you don't want to let them off the hooks they came in after that and finished it off fight oh boy the fist goes higher I mean she almost gets tagged with this look at what happens on this and it's a winner.

Self-preservation mode completely intact for Lucy kovalova we've got a good one here in game number two it's six salt six all here in game number two and I'm taking a look now at the bracket pretty wild to see the path for Lucy kovalova and Matt Wright all apart from the first round matchup they had they went to.

Three games in order to make this final so talking about gritty and grinding through points well Matt and Lucy have done that throughout this entire tournament oh a match point down as well against Riley Newman and Anna bright so they've had their backs literally to the wall of elimination out of the call.

We're starting to play a little looser over here too as well Cameron and that only will help your confidence right really extended himself on that one we're gonna see a lot of that later in the men's doubles with those two in front of each other but uh you know that's not a bad take from Matt right there had an opportunity just couldn't.

Put it away foreign on the left and Lucy trying to figure out you wondered if it was coming I was waiting the one hand backhand from Anna Lee Waters she's been working on it she has and she has the best coach in the world.

To do it because Ben's been showing her how to do it and his tricks that's one of his best great coach as well great touch right there from Ben Johns and Lucy tries to find him on the left hip two-hand backhand yeah a little inside out on the forehand there that's just a tough ball to make against these guys.

You're Gonna Leave It Up from that paddle position and then you're in trouble Waters and John's that's still not the one you have to have just grind dank wait for the best ball you'll get it but you gotta hit maybe 30 to get there part and a missed return from Lucy.

Kovalova not the time there 9-7 now but again when you're in a hurry to get to that other side your momentum takes the ball Ben looking to do his own chicken bake couldn't find it there that's uh big big hole right there.

I like this a lot Cameron sometimes when you get really close you miss a return you've run around a little bit call time out and just get yourself settled down big opportunity with the ball right here paddles have hit the court which means it's time for a timeout it's Championship Sunday here on the carvana.

PPA at tour this is the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open presented by Foot Solutions I'm Cameron Norwood alongside Dave Fleming and we are just in the first matchup the first final of the day it's mixed Pro doubles Matt Wright and Lucy kovalova versus Ben Johns and Annalee and that's twice that they have called a.

Timeout and had either a missed return once and then now just to miss third you just can't have that happen when you're trying to climb the mountain dinner is served from that right I was waiting for the call some steak and potatoes for that guy wow wow wow yes catches the edge of the edge of the line here with that ridiculous Cross Court.

Roll great ball from Matt right after missing the third on the prior rally you hear the U Z ball was sent back into the sky over and over again and then Matt Wright had too much time on the next one he's like okay I'll throw up a lob and over pulled it with his backhand what a shame they got back into it a little bit there.

let's go great partnership on display in terms of Court coverage yeah so if your partner goes for the Ernie which is when you jump over the kitchen like that you've got to fill that hole that was vacated great job as a reminder this is three out of five.

On the weekend before you hit Championship Sunday you do play two out of three so that's one of the big adjustments coming into Championship Sunday each of our doubles matchups will be played three out of five somehow it gets back Ben Johnson thought it was over.

the formations for Jonathan Waters Matt and Lucy left to right to left to right what an incredible point yeah Ben Johns was like okay we're done and it sprayed off that Perseus paddle of his and landed in the kitchen what a way to save a game point I'm not serving team eight.

And Ben Johns is lurking on the other side of the Court they do try and drop that in front of Annalee Waters but too much length off of Ben John the 23 year old out of Maryland yeah he's daring you to go behind him he can cover all of that.

Which is putting that paddle way up in the air like big Paces coming and then just drops it over with the same paddle look that's impressive another game point ready Matt Wright but a football violation instead gives the 11 point to the number one team yeah that was one he read late because it kicked off the tape.

Into Ernie possibility land but uh The Wolverine couldn't get his foot all the way over the kitchen so definitely a tighter game number two game number three coming up next welcome back everyone this is Hannah Johns from the sidelines in beautiful Arizona and the energy out here it's.

Just electric and Matt and Lucy came out a little flat in game one but they got the audience behind them in game two you saw Lucy throwing out the hands Matt throwing up the hands telling the fans get behind us give us your energy in Arizona has done just that which led to a much closer game two let's see what they can do in game three don't miss a.

Minute great work by Hannah Johns the third member of our team she has such an insight into these players lives and gives great interviews as well you can be sure to catch all of those here on Championship Sunday but it's time to get to game number three now a 2-0 Advantage for the number one seed Ben Johns and.

Anna Lee Waters Cameron Irwin alone tonight Dave Fleming we saw lots of patience on the side of Lucy and Matt in game two and got them that much closer and no patience on the other side with Anna Lee Waters just blistering a ball across Court love that we have Hannah Johns there has especially good Insight on a couple of our players her brothers.

Ben and Colin Johns a nice combination from Ben Johns there punching that ball back two zero two it's all out of bounds so the side out comes to kovalova and right zero two one everybody's lobbing now including Ben from the kitchen speed up there from Annalee Waters and.

Again just complimentary pickleball between the two yeah so if you see your partner speed up a ball on the outside there's no way that ball can get back across your body if you're the left side player come in and help out and finish Matt Wright trying to make swiss cheese out of Annalee Waters yeah she was sitting on the forehand so.

He found the mouse trap there and got that left hip dual beautiful Matrix moved by Lucy kovalova that's a tall lady having to get out of the way of a mishit ball that's hard to do and then Matt Wright shows his Lefty kicking abilities uh you hate that when you are trying.

Anything to keep this tight second sir and again so explain some combos if you're new to the game of pickleball one shot isn't good enough to win at this level no especially the Tennis Channel fans that are watching here today it's usually a One-Shot winner in tennis but uh in pickleball.

When you speed a ball up that ball is going to come back and a lot of new players don't have their paddle ready for the reply and even a third one the the beauty of that is you get the ball up and then you go down with it that's got to be the combo you'll see that all day long Cameron and getting the chicken wing and Lucy.

Kovalova loves to sit with her paddle on their left side got the two-handed backhand cocked and ready so you have to find her right side she tried to get the windshield wiper all the way over to the shoulder couldn't get it there that's a great Target for Ben johns with her in front of him andalee closes the door with her.

Forehand and the margins of that drive being good or bad are very small if it's not just maybe a ball height over the net it's going to get crushed by these two way too high right there blob is long off the paddle of kovalova it's the perfect Direction on that you take it over the backhand of the of the player directly diagonal from you just.

Gotta make it and again Matt Wright has seen several opportunities making the most on that and he's got the bobble head head nod going over there too that time kept the feet well out of the kitchen and a gorgeous angle get the protractor out and he throws his hand after then he's been working that as.

On the forehand on the backhand side just utter disgust with himself a little low not right again nice counter from kovalova and right and a little preview of The Men's doubles coming later when they'll be firing at each other great job by right to have those fast hands ready.

Some of the fastest in the game oh that was awfully slippery Annalee Waters slide your body to the left and slide the slice forehand down the line too bad for her pickleball does not have a doubles alley Waters with a wicked two-handed backhand and again the drive's way too high look.

At where her paddle is when she hits this above her shoulders that's going to get cranked every time as a reminder the waters are up 2-0 in terms of game score they just need this third and final game it would be if they end up Victorious here they will have the match victory.

And there's the same no fly zone on Lucy kovalova on the two-handed backhand you don't want to speed it up there it is ready and it is a heavy heavy ball she's sitting on that the forehand does not always have the middle camera and that is a misnomer what see and this is the dangerous part you're trying to unwind the stack here.

The return goes to Ben Johns to try and keep him at the Baseline then you got to deal with the power yeah and she ran through that she wasn't set that's the challenge you have to hit a great return or you're in trouble and you can see the adjustment there Matt Wright goes Cross Court to Annalee Waters even though that's a shorter.

Distance it doesn't have to deal with as much Pace off yes and you have to just add a little height to that return to get the depth to give you that time if you really crank it then they're going to have the ball on them quicker sending the ball up to the sun is Lucy kovalova second Circle.

And for some entertainment value a tweener on the out ball from Ben Johnson three five second serve sign up so this is what support you know betrayed them a little bit here third shot drives have been too high they're getting crushed third shot drops you gotta make it your percentage has to be.

90 or better to be competitive in this match because the other side is so good and there's another problem getting to the other side on the return they're getting really hurt when they're on an odd score and having a run across the court second third second serve now they still defend one more off while unwinding.

And you heard that right say to Lucy kovalova go there meaning take a good crack at this one Emily Waters she didn't slide on that one no and she's sitting right where she needs to be because she's got Ben John's forehand in the middle she needs to just let him have that and sit forehand there.

Waters you can see her paddle was up there it went between her paddle and her head I think at the last second she said there's no way this can be in but beautiful spin from Matt right there finds the right shoulder and a big serve from Matt right there too set that up 6-1.

second serve there's those thirds got to make it but I do like he's going for a serve more because that can give you a much better look at the third ball five six two again just way way way too high so a missed third then one way too high and you guessed but then one you want to be.

Able to at least get in the fight at the kitchen line so Matt and points they do her this is Phoenix Arizona we're just about 25 minutes outside in Desert Bridge a population of about 14 000 and all eyes are locked right here on Championship court for the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open we're in the.

Middle of the mixed doubles final Ben Johns Annalee Waters Lucy kobilova and Matt Wright second third much better rally coming out of the timeout there for kovalova and Wright 6 -6 little football game in Phoenix next weekend as well uh Cameron just a small one a lot going on here in this great City.

Lucy again trying to go heads up with Ben Johns there yeah so you talked about the combination and had that question earlier she's got to go there and then have the two-handed backhand up and it wasn't ready and apparently she broke the ball with that uh big swing so we're gonna get another one in play.

And again you can see the conversation in the crowd to be having a good after that ball breaks it's been packed every single day these people love their pickleball they love it you can see that they're here and they're knowledgeable so they know what what's going on they are urging.

Matt and Lucy we want to see a fourth game can they be that third person on their side to make it happen they're gonna try I have no idea how she stayed out of the kitchen because if she would have fallen in eventually right here that would have been a fault but she left back over Toes that was impressive.

Maybe she's doing some ballroom dancing on the side nor we need to get her on Dancing With the Stars after a while after seeing that come on so so Ben John's manly Waters get the ball back still up by two all right and there's that drive again kovalova paddle on the left drive on the right side of her body and that is.

Really hard to handle it over there second sir a rare Miss from Ben Johns from the service line Matt Wright will celebrate regardless he knows those don't come easily he's doing anything he can to get the crowd behind him I love that kitchen cam because you can truly see how far these athletes are reaching in and using their balance and.

That opposite lever to be able to take some of those volleys out of the air you want to do that take time away and uh if you're tall go as far in there as you can just don't get off balance Cameron oh my God big Power second turn from Ben Johns great job of holding it there Matt Wright's like okay I'm gonna charge over.

There if you try some sort of cute little drop shot that ain't cute so I love the change there from Anna Lee she had been taking the speed UPS down the line this time she goes to the right side and that's what you need Variety in your attacks if you go to the same place every time these players will figure you.

Out quickly there is Annalee Waters but too much Pace from kovalova yeah they've done a nice job of keeping them at eight for the last couple of service opportunities they need to get one more stop here and then go with the ball on there with paddles.

Nearly well and again Smart Choice by Matt Wright a lot of times in pickleball the opponents will run to the angles he went right down the middle to finish that so deceptive for Ben Johns there but Matt Ryan doing a nice job staying true to his sideline seeing a little more of.

The two-handed backhand now every time he does it he speeds it up but that one worked trying to swap that one away is Annalee Waters receiving team seven eight yeah one point of Separation yeah and it's interesting Ben Johns almost never calls time out Anna Lee loves to use them so what is that Dynamic like Anna Lee.

Called that after not executing the Scorpion and here we go can they tie it up at eight second sir back out of timeout onto the second serve so scoring a few with just their first and analy the defending champs here at Desert Ridge where they made their debut.

Just a year ago beautiful patient point from kovalova she is very comfortable doing that cross court dinking with Anna Lee Waters and Matt Wright found a chance to get in there and then Lucy finishes beautiful job Ernie from Ben Johns.

Lucy working from left to right looking to close the door and again attack Annalee Waters up the line yeah got a little love off the net to help him out there but I love when he saw a ball was about to be down he came charging in there didn't let your opponent off the hook who had been way ahead hitting overheads that's such.

Smart pickleball crash when you have the opportunity with the one point advantage from the Baseline and Matt Wright is doing deep squats there he can't believe he missed that perfect defensive lob and had half the court but he just pushed it.

Our officials doing a really nice job here at the desert ridge open presented by Foot Solutions our head official Alan Roman our second official George Hernandez our tracking rep Laura smart and our video replay official Steve Newkirk so the mechanics of this uh Cameron for Wright and kovalova that is not the ball.

That we're talking about there that's the one that tagged uh Annalee so I want to take a timeout anyway so maybe maybe it grazed off the line I'm gonna get the benefit either way here so right now we're under a video challenge Ben and Annelise sitting at the Baseline.

They are questioning whether the ball was inbounds or out of bounds there's a look at Lucy kovalova Smiles on her face right reaction before Cameron that he's pretty sure he missed it but uh why not here's a look at the ball the one they're questioning after that wild stroke from Ben Johns from the Baseline just great shape on that ball.

After video review the ball was out the out call stands a team of cover love on the right will be charged the time out and lose the challenge or Zoom play eight nine one Waters and John serving and then you hear it from Alan Roman our head referee so the video challenge goes as the ball is out of bounds so Ben Johns and Annalee Waters get the ball.

Back right foot stepped in the line Point front fault on Matt right again saw an opportunity and jumped over there but didn't clear the kitchen for the no volley Zone the referee's folks call and we're gonna go back to back challenges here Cameron video review so there was a foot fault called here's.

A look at it potentially in this next ball yeah I'm thinking Matt right his foot touched the side of the Court there so a foot fault called on the Ernie yeah and again Matt Wright a fantastic tennis player who came over played two years of professional tennis after attending Michigan where he was a tennis.

Standout there now a corporate attorney living in Wichita Kansas alongside Lucy kovalova if you're new to this Duo they are together which makes it that much more fun in terms of dynamic on the court no doubt Partners on and off the court we've heard them talk about that a lot that they do everything in their power not to take the pickleball home.

With them I know that's an easier said than done and on that particular opportunity there it's so close but he did not clear the kitchen line and that heel definitely caught so this will be another unsuccessful challenge you know it's funny I asked them about playing alongside one another and I I asked them.

And said what was what's the proudest moment you've had playing on the court and they said it was actually when they won Nationals for the very first time back in 2017 and I spoke to Lucy about it some more and she was laughing she goes you know it it works playing alongside Matt because more often than not we win.

If that weren't the case I don't know if it would be going our Direction fault I'll stands result of focal puts us at 991 and the time team of kovalev and right will be charged timeout and lose their video challenge zero time ultramarine no more video challenges one timeout remaining no more.

Video challenges remain you hear our head official again Alan Roman so football will stand score is nine nine one perfect timing there from kobaloba so she's protecting the right side of your body there's two ways you can Scorpion and sit there or you can fade like she does there you see her slide to the.

Sideline and SWAT a two-hander Well Done by kovalova four smiles and big energy there camera watch out they just got the ball back it's 9-0 little overzealous there for Matt Wright got a ball that was in a good position there but pushed it as he ran through it and then stop hit it and then go.

They had a side out for like 12 seconds there Cameron at nine a piece no no oh man you gotta feel like a missed opportunity there and there is a ball the direction of Ben Johns who now has the waters and Johns at match point doing our best to fend off the pressure of Annalee Waters and Ben Johns not.

Enough as the number one seed our champions yeah off and running on the Quest for the Triple Crown for each of them in the double triple for the duo I really like the battle that kovaleva and Wright put out there they slowed it down after that first game and if they go back and look some of the fundamental shots some of.

Those foundational elements that you need making those thirds having the discipline they might have been able to take a game and that scoreboard pressure maybe pushes these two a little bit the big news for Johnson Waters is they're playing three times today so to get out the door in just three games is big for their matches later in the day.

Your mixed bro doubles Champions Ben Johns and Anna Lee Waters they're on their Trek to a Triple Crown welcome back to Championship Court where it is time to Crown our Champions guys congratulations you're the winner of this year's Desert Ridge open and you came out so strong Matt and Lucy were able to work it back in two and three.

Games I think they got the crowd behind them how did you combat that and Come Away with the win yeah so uh last year the same tournament was me and Ben's first tournament together and we ended up winning mixed doubles it was my first ever mixed doubles title so I feel like I was channeling that same energy from last year to this year and I was just.

Having fun with Ben and we ended up coming away with it well that's right you did debut your partnership here just a year ago how far has the partnership come how have you seen Annalee and yourself grow over the course of this last year uh yeah it's been amazing it's been an awesome partnership uh we've had so many good fun tournaments together a.

Lot of great results and uh it's so fun to be on the court with her and I can't wait for many more well guys you have the chance to go for the Triple Crown today you've locked up one of three titles you still have two more finals a piece to play later today how do you prepare for that yeah so I play women's doubles next I'm only gonna think about.

That not even think about the singles I'll probably and feeling pretty confident because me and Ben just won but I'm really excited to play with Catherine and with that it is time to present your trophy the moment you've been waiting for we're going to bring presenting sponsor Foot Solutions Brian Scott on court now to present that to.

You Ryan all right guys congratulations congratulations on behalf of Foot Solutions our CEO John prothrow myself senior VP we'd like to present to you this trophy for being this year's JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open mixed doubles Champion congratulations y'all Cameron tickets away Ben Johns and Anna Lee Waters your mixed.

Doubles at Champions here at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open they're hoping to hold that trophy just a few more times today but Annalee Waters has got some more work to do if she's about to get back out on the court alongside Catherine parento they'll face off against Leia Jansen and Elise Jones who is making her Sunday debut here on the.

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Watch #1 Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters face off against #2 Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova in the Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match in the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open Powered by Foot Solutions.

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