In an incredible match at the Florida Grand Slam, world-class players Simone Jardim (US Open Triple Crown Winner) and Corrine Carr (Jardim’s US Open partner) were defeated by Leigh Waters and her daughter, Anna Leigh Waters, who is only 12-years-old.
There is an outstanding group of young picklers flocking to the game and performing at high levels, but to see an upset like this is a reminder of pickleball’s versatile nature and the ability for anyone to be a top contender regardless of age.
The Waters make an incredible duo and are certainly ones to watch in this year’s tournament circuit.
For those curious about the youngest competitor: Anna Leigh has a background in tennis and was introduced to the game in 2017 after moving from Florida to Pennsylvania due to Hurricane Irma. She originally began playing with her family as a way to pass the time and have fun.
She ended up winning gold in her first tournament 2 months after starting the game and clearly hasn’t slowed down since!
You can watch the showdown in the video below. There is some stuttering but if you skip ahead a few seconds at those points you will be able to see the action again.
Jardim and Carr performed admirably in the close matches and are sure to come back stronger than ever the next time they get the opportunity to play against the Waters.
We love it when things get shaken up in the world of pickleball and look forward to seeing more from all of these fantastic players!