Sunday, August 10, 2008

World Championships - Finals - Doubles


American teams swept the doubles titles Tuesday to complete an American gold medal sweep of the individual event competitions at the 14th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Kingscourt, Ireland.

The American history of excellence in women's doubles was continued by the American team of Aimee Ruiz and Jacqueline Paraiso, who defeated Geneviève Brodeur and Veronique Guillemette of Canada, 15-8, 15-6. Thirteen of the fourteen women's doubles titles at the World Championships have been won by Americans.

Paraiso has been one of the doubles partners on seven of those 13 winning teams. Ruiz is the fifth partner that Paraiso has won a world title with. It's Ruiz's second consecutive doubles title. Laura Fenton was her partner two years ago.

In men's doubles, Americans Jason Thoerner and Mitch Williams won their first World Championship by defeating the Mexican team of Gilberto Meija and Javiar Moreno, 15-13, 10-15, 11-7. Moreno was part of the defending doubles World Championship team, with Alvaro Beltan, but failed to defend the title.

It's the first US win since 2004 in South Korea, when Shane Vanderson and Mike Dennison took the title by defeating Moreno and Polo Gutierrez in the final.

The players now have a day off on Wednesday before beginning the team competition on Thursday. In that, the countries will play off in best of three matches pitting their singles players against each other as well as their doubles team. There both a men's and women's team competition, and it will run through Saturday in Kingscourt, Ireland.

The draws are available at  R2Sports.

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