Yates Johnson and Tyson McGuffin are playing pickleball at PPA Tour North Carolina Cup

Yates Johnson (seeded 33rd) defeated Tyson McGuffin (seeded 3rd) in the Round of 32 at the PPA Tour’s North Carolina Cup. The final score was 13-11, 11- 0, 6- 11.

A Close First Game

The first game was a nail-biter, with both players trading points back and forth. Johnson took an early 3-0 lead, but McGuffin battled back to tie the game at 4-4. The score remained close throughout the game, with neither player able to gain a significant advantage. At 11-11, Johnson took a timeout and returned to win the following two points, taking the first game 13-11.

Dominant Second Game

The second game was a completely different story. Johnson came out on fire, winning the first nine points. Johnson called a timeout at 5-0 but couldn’t slow down McGuffin. He scored six more points to win the second game by 11-0.

Third Game

The third game completely went to Johnson, who took early charge of the match and won by 6-11.

Key Stats

  • Despite the lopsided score in the second game, the match was much closer than the final score. The first game was a tight battle, with both players winning 55% of the points they served with.
  •  McGuffin served exceptionally well in the second game, winning 100% of the points on his serve.
  •  McGuffin struggled with his serve throughout the match, winning only 46% of his service points.

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Final Thoughts

Johnson’s strong serving and net play were the difference in the match. He could control the game’s pace and keep McGuffin on the defensive. On the other hand, McGuffin struggled with his serve throughout the match; however, he did very well in the second game but could not win. Johnson advanced to the PPA Tour North Carolina Cup round 16 with this victory. You can watch the live Match on pickleballtv.