MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Current Canadian champion Kris Odegard won his first match on the opening day of the U.S. Open racquetball championships.
Odegard, from Saskatoon, defeated American Tyler Otto 11-4, 11-9, 11-9.
Also winning were Brian Istace of Calgary, who defeated Jose Flores of the United States 11-6, 11-5, 11-6, and Eric Desrochers of Burlington, Ont., who defeated Michimune Kono of the U.S., 3-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7.
Lee Connell won the tie-breaking fifth game over fellow Saskatoon native James Landeryou, with the final score line reading 11-8, 11-2, 6-11, 10-12, 11-8. Tim Landeryou, James's older brother, was victorious in his match against Shannon Kohl of the U.S., 11-5, 11-9, 11-1.
Vincent Gagnon of Montreal lost to Mexican Ruben Estrada 5-11, 12-10, 11-4,--11.
In women's action, Brandi Jacobson Prentice of Saskatoon qualified for the main draw by defeating Tracy Hawthorne of Tallmadge, Ohio, 11-2, 11-0, 11-0.
Women's defending champion Christie Van Hees of Calgary plays her first match Thursday.