Professional Pickleball Teen Wins 4th Consecutive Title

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Anna Leigh Waters, 14, PPA 2021 Texas Open Shootout Pro Women’s Singles Champion

Anna Leigh Waters, who is the World #1 Ranked Singles Champion at age 14, won her 4th consecutive Professional Pickleball Singles Championship earlier this month at the PPA Texas Open Shootout. Waters defeated Lea Jansen in the 3 out of 5 Gold Metal Match: 11-9, 11-5, 11-6. She won three medals at the PPA Texas Open Shootout.

The Delray Beach, Florida based teen also won a Silver medal in Pro Women’s Doubles with her mother, Leigh Waters.

Anna Leigh Waters also won a Bronze medal in Pro Mixed Doubles with JW Johnson, who is 18. Johnson is also from Delray Beach.

Anna Leigh is the youngest to win a Professional Pickleball Singles title. In August, she won professional singles titles at the PPA Takeya Showcase in Newport Beach, CA and she won the Tournaments of Champions in Brigham City, UT. In September, Waters won the PPA Orlando Cup that took place locally, and now in October she has won the PPA Texas Open Shootout in Rockwell, TX.

The mother/daughter pickleball duo picked up the sport back in 2017 when they evacuated their home in Florida due to Hurricane Irma and stayed with Leigh’s parents for a couple of weeks. Leigh’s dad introduced them to the sport and from there they were hooked. “I think we played like morning, noon and night for two weeks straight while we were up there and the rest is history,” said Leigh.

The fourteen year old  is rated #1 in Pro Women’s Singles on the September 28, 2021 Dupr Top 25 Player List.


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