Cheryl Gudinas

Cheryl Gudinas

Cheryl Gudinas (born May 11, 1967) is an American racquetball player. She has been one of the dominant players from the 1990s into the 2000s.


Professional career

Gudinas has won two US Open Racquetball Championships in 2002 and 2004.[1] She has been a top 4 player on the women's pro tour since the 1993-94 season, including four seasons as the #1 player from 2000-2004. Gudinas was the #3 ranked player on the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization tour at the end of the 2008-09 season.

International career

Gudinas won three consecutive International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in 2000, 2002 and 2004. She defeated Canadians Christie Van Hees and Jennifer Saunders in 2000 and 2002, respectively, and Chilean Angela Grisar in 2004.[2]

Gudinas won the Pan American Championships (formerly the Tournament of the Americas) in 1994 (against American Laura Fenton), 1997 (Michelle Gould, USA), 2001 (Josée Grand'Maître, Canada) and 2009 (Carole Loma, Bolivia).[3]

Gudinas has also won two gold medals at the Pan American Games. In 1999 she defeated Canadian Christie Van Hees in the final, and beat fellow American Laura Fenton in the 2003 final. In the 2011 Pan Am Games, 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.

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.[4]

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.[5]

See also

  • List of racquetball players


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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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