The men fought hard to reach the title match with both semifinal matches going to tiebreak. In the end, it was No. 2 seed Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb that won the @AVP Gold Series Championships in Chicago, their first title since winning AVP Seattle in June.
As the sun set on Chicago Saturday night, the semifinals field was set for the AVP Gold Series Championships, though the day was ripe with upsets in the contender’s bracket, with No. 18 Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil making it all the way back to the semis through five matches.
Opening day in the main draw the AVP Championships in Chicago was riddled with upsets and saw ninth-seeded Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk and No. 10 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves advance to the winner’s bracket final four.
Former partners Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day, who have won the last two Manhattan Beach Open titles together, will be on opposite sides of the court with another title shot on the line on Sunday. Meanwhile, No. 6 Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy crashed the men’s final four playing through the contender’s bracket.
Friday’s AVP Manhattan Beach Open slate marked the return of Tri Bourne, after an 18-month battle with an autoimmune disorder, and also saw the top three seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets stay alive in the winner’s bracket. The No. 5 seeds on both sides also picked up three wins each.
Two of the biggest stories of the AVP Hermosa Beach Open were the last minute pairings of two of the event’s contenders due to injury with each garnering mixed results.
After 18 years in the pro ranks, Ed Ratledge earned his first AVP title at the San Francisco Open alongside partner Roberto Rodriguez. On the women’s side, the tournament’s No. 1 seed Emily Day/Betsi Flint played won their second straight AVP title.
After the first day of main draw action, four men’s teams and four women’s are undefeated atop the winner’s bracket heading into Saturday, including No. 8 Brittany Howard/Kelly Reeves and No. 7 Tim Bomgren/Chaim Schalk.
The seedings held as No. 1 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and Alix Klineman/April Ross wrapped up the gold medals at the Austin Open, the first AVP Tour event of the year.
AVP Austin Open May 17-20, 2018 Austin, Texas Schedule/Results Live Stats Headlining Sunday’s semifinals of the AVP Austin Open…