WINNIPEG (August 7, 2019) Canada is out of medal contention in mens’ and women’s doubles at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games after losses in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Frédérique Lambert of Montréal and Jennifer Saunders of Winnipeg, who were seeded 10th in the medal round, faced the 2nd seeds Natalia Mendez and Maria José Vargas from Argentina in Tuesday’s quarterfinal. The team from Argentina won in two games with scores of 15-9, 15-9.
5th seeds Coby Iwaasa of Lethbridge and Samuel Murray of Baie-Comeau also had a tough quarterfinal match on Tuesday, competing against 2nd seeds Javier Mar and Rodrigo Montoya of Mexico who won 15-5, 15-6. The Mexican team went on to upset the top seeded team from USA in the semi-final to advance to the gold medal game.
The gold medal matches take place Wednesday morning.
Team Canada still has another chance at medals in the Women’s and Men’s Team events which begin Wednesday afternoon. The format for the Team Event has each nation fielding two singles players and a doubles team in a best of three matches against each other. The team who wins advances in the competition and the losing team is eliminated.
On behalf of the team, Jennifer Saunders said, “I think it’s safe to say that we were all disappointed with the outcomes today but not with the effort and determination we put out on the court. We spent some time together as a team tonight to regroup and recharge. We are ready to face the challenges ahead of us in the Team Event.
Draws and results are posted on both the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) website as well as the Lima 2019 site, where you can view live scores.
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Medal Round Results
Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Javier Mar / Rodrigo Montoya (MEX) defeated Coby Iwaasa / Samuel Murray (CAN), 15-5, 15-6.
Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Natalia Mendez / Maria José Vargas (ARG) defeated Frédérique Lambert / Jennifer Saunders (CAN), 15-9, 15-9.