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Cheryl Gudinas

Cheryl Gudinas
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1967-05-11) May 11, 1967 (age 47)
Height 5'8"
Sport
Sport Racquetball
Turned pro 1993
Achievements and titles
World finals 1st 2000, 2002, 2004
National finals 1st 1999-2003, 2005, 2008, 2010 (singles) 1st 1995, 1996, 2001 (doubles)

Cheryl Gudinas (born May 11, 1967) is an American racquetball player. She finished as the #10 player in the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization, which was the first year Gudinas had been outside the top 5 since the 1993-94 women's pro season. Gudinas was the #1 women's pro racquetball player from 2000-2004.

Professional career

Gudinas's professional career is highlighted by her two US Open Racquetball Championships in 2002 and 2004,[1] which helped her attain the #1 position on the women's pro tour. She was a top 5 player on the women's pro tour from 1993-94 to 2010-2011, including four seasons as the #1 player from 2000-2004. Her 19 years ranked in the season ending top 10 is a record for women's pro racquetball. Gudinas fell to the #10 spot this past season in part due to knee surgery in November 2011.[2]

International career

Gudinas won three consecutive

Gudinas won the Pan American Championships (formerly the Tournament of the Americas) in 1994 (against American Laura Fenton), 1997 (Michelle Gould, USA), 2001[4] (Josée Grand'Maître, Canada) and 2009 (Carola Loma, Bolivia).[5] In 2005, Gudinas was the Pan Am Championship silver medalist, losing the final to Kristen Walsh[6] and was also silver in 2003, when she lost to Fenton,[7] in 1999, when she lost to Robin Levine, and 1998, losing to Michelle Gould.[8]

Gudinas has also won two gold medals at the Pan American Games. In 1999 she defeated Canadian Christie Van Hees in the final in Winnipeg, Canada and beat fellow American Laura Fenton in the 2003 final in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Gudinas earned the bronze medal, losing to eventual gold medalist Paola Longoria in the semi-finals. Gudinas was also a silver medalist in 2011 from the Pan Am Games team competition.

Most recently in the 2012 Worlds, Gudinas was a bronze medalist in singles, losing to Jennifer Saunders in the semi-finals, and a silver medalist in the team competition, when the American women's team lost to the Mexican team, including a loss by Gudinas to Jessica Parrilla.[9]

US championships

Gudinas won 5 consecutive US Nationals Championships in singles from 1999 to 2003, and also won in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Her eight titles are tied for the most all time with Michelle Gould.[10]

Gudinas teamed up with Gould in 1995 and 1996 to win two of her three US National Doubles titles. Her other title was in 2001 with Kim Russell.[11]

See also

  • List of racquetball players

References

External links

  • WPRO Page for Cheryl Gudinas
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jackie Paraiso Gibson
Number 1 Women's Pro Racquetball Player
2000-2001 to 2003-2004
Succeeded by
Christie Van Hees
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