The PPA Texas Open had some mixed results, as expected and unexpected pro pickleball players sat on top of the podium this week. Callie Smith and Tyson McGuffin were unbeaten and took home the gold medal in pro mixed doubles – congrats to Callie on her first PPA title ! For the first time in PPA history, neither the duos of Ben Johns and Simone Jardim, nor Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova, took home any medal in pro mixed doubles. However, these four players topped the podiums in pro men’s doubles and pro women’s doubles, respectively. In fact, women’s pairing Simone Jardim and Lucy Kovalova came back from an 1-8 deficit in the third game (down 0-2 games) to Team Waters, and eventually won in 5 games (the PPA plays best of 5 championship matches). This pro women’s final highlighted the importance of playing aggressive until the final point, as well as just how difficult those final points can be to win.