Top-seeded Gould easily wins 6th straight women's pro title

May 02, 1994|By Maureen Sack | Maureen Sack,Special to The Sun

Michelle Gould of Boise, Idaho, defeated Robin Levine of Sacramento, Calif., yesterday to win her sixth consecutive Women's Professional Racquetball Association national singles championship at Merritt Athletic Club in Woodlawn.

Gould, 23, the top seed, beat third-seeded Levine, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5, in the final.

"I think I played strong racquetball today, more effective points and setups," Gould said. "I could do something with them today, and that was the determining factor."

"Going in, I felt really good," said Levine, 24.

"After the match was over, I felt like I wasn't doing much with the ball or shots -- more like reacting instead of acting."

In Game 2 of the match, Levine led 6-5 after an ace, but Gould rallied, winning the game when Levine missed a ceiling shot off Gould's Z-serve.

Gould won the match with a roll-out in the right corner of the court.

Gould, who received a first-round bye, had beaten Laura Fenton in the quarterfinals Friday and Lynne Coburn of Baltimore in the semifinals Saturday.

"She was so consistent and so powerful with her serves. That's what made her so dominant," said the No. 5-seeded Coburn.

Gould won $3,200, and Levine received $1,800 as runner-up.

In doubles, Levine and Marci Drexler -- playing together for the first time -- won two of three games from Gould and Fenton for the title.

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