Megan Fudge competing at the Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships.
Megan Fudge will face Jorja Johnson for women's singles gold on Sunday.  PPA Tour

Foster and Howells, Fudge and Johnson into singles finals

ROSEVILLE, CA - The stage is set for Championship Sunday singles action at the APP Sacramento Open.

On the men’s side, Will Howells and Jack Foster will face off for gold.

This will be the first pro singles final for the former University of Notre Dame tennis player Howells, who ran through the draw behind impressive wins over William Sobek and APP Punta Gorda champion Chris Haworth.

Foster came into Sacramento on a roll of solid singles performances after making the semifinals in both Punta Gorda and APP Next Gen San Antonio.

His day almost finished early as he escaped with a tight-three game win over Quan Do in the Round of 16, but he went on to beat Gabriel Tardio and Ronan Camron to book his spot in the final.

For Foster, Thursday’s success came down to the two F’s: his forehand and his fitness.

“I was hitting my forehand really well, mixing in both drives and drops,” he said. “I’ve also been prioritizing fitness and eating clean, which I think is helping me feel good and maintain a high level of energy out on the court.”

Sunday’s meeting will be the first time Howells and Foster have played on the singles court.

On the women’s side, the final will pit Megan Fudge against Jorja Johnson.

Fudge is looking to build on a highly successful 2023 campaign during which she earned ten singles medals, and she’ll have a chance for her first gold of the year on Sunday.

She notched wins over Brooke Revuelta, Shelby Bates, and Alix Truong to make the final.

The 17-year-old Johnson will have a shot to capture her first singles medal of the year after claiming back-to-back women’s doubles medals at APP Punta Gorda and PPA Mesa.

She dropped only one game en route to the final and had an impressive win over Judit Castillo in the semis.

Action in Sacramento continues Friday with mixed doubles.