Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bellows surprise finalist at Ektelon WPRO World Championships

It's the weekend for shock upsets in racquetball, as fifth seed Kristen Bellows upset top seed Rhonda Rajsich in the semi-finals of the Ektelon Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) World Championships in Stockton, California on Saturday. Bellows took the match in five games, 12-10, 3-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8.

Sunday, Bellows will face second seed Paola Longoria, who defeated third seed Cheryl Gudinas Holmes in another five game match, winning 11-0, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8.

These victories ensure the WPRO will have a new #1 player next week, as Longoria will take over the top spot from Rajsich based on a better finish in this season ending event.

It will be the first time a Mexican racquetball player - male or female - will be the #1 player on the pro tour.

The WPRO final can be seen on-line via beginning at noon Sunday Pacific Time.

There was a surprise in the Open division also as Maiko Sato, 8th seed, defeated top seed Veronica Sotomayor, 15-5, 15-10, in the quarter finals on Saturday. Sato will play Krystal Csuk in one semi-final Sunday, while Adrienne Fisher and Jennifer Saunders face off in the other.

Ektelon WPRO World Championships

Kristen Bellows d. Rhonda Rajsich, 12-10, 3-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8
Paola Longoria d. Cheryl Gudinas Holmes, 11-0, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 11-8


Paola Longoria vs. Kristen Bellows

Follow the bouncing ball....

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