Saturday, April 25, 2009

Dennis Rosenberg Pro Am - Semi Finals UPDATED

Mitch Williams again shocked the racquetball world Saturday by getting his first career victory over Jack Huczek in the semi-finals of the Dennis Rosenberg Pro-Am in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Huczek was up 2-1 in games, but Williams came back and took the final two to win 6-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9.

It's only Williams's third career victory over any of the current top five International Racquetball Tour (IRT) players, and comes the day after he beat Rocky Carson (IRT #2) for the first time. Huczek's currently ranked 3rd.

Thus, Williams will play in his first career final at a Tier 1 IRT event on Sunday.

Williams will face Kane Waselenchuk, the IRT's #1 player, in Sunday's final, as Waselenchuk defeated Shane Vanderson, 11-1, 11-8, 11-4, in the other semi-final.

Williams's victories over Carson and Huczek likely ensures that Waselenchuk will be #1 at season's end, as both Carson and Huczek needed to defend a lot of ranking points in Allentown, where Carson defeated Huczek in the final last year.

A Williams-Waselenchuk final would be very interesting, as The Racquetball Blog believes that Williams has a game style that matches up favorably against Waselenchuk. Evidence of that was their match at the US Open last October, which Waselenchuk won in four long games.

Dennis Rosenberg Pro-Am
Semi-finals - Saturday

Mitch Williams d. Jack Huczek, 6-11, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9
Kane Waselenchuk d. Shane Vanderson, 11-1, 11-8, 11-4

Final - Sunday

Kane Waselenchuk vs. Mitch Williams

Follow the bouncing ball....

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