Monday, July 20, 2009

World Games - Day 1 Results - UPDATED

The first round of the racquetball competition at the 2009 World Games has concluded in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and there have been few surprises so far.

Veteran Angela Grisar of Chile was tested by teenager Jenny Daza of Bolivia, losing the first game but prevailed in a tie-breaker, winning 12-15, 15-4, 11-6. Grisar will next play Canadian Jennifer Saunders who defeated Cristina Cordova (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-10.

However, Mexican veteran Susana Acosta was not so fortunate, as she lost to Yazmine Sabja, the other Bolivian player in the women's draw, 15-4, 15-14. Sabja will now play top seed and current World Champion Rhonda Rajsich, who had a bye in the first round.

The Round of 16 will be completed Tuesday, the quarter finals Wednesday, and the semi-finals and finals on Thursday. Note that Taiwan is over 10 hours ahead of American time zones, depending on where you are.

2009 World Games - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Women's Round of 16

Yazmine SABJA (Bolivia) d. Susana ACOSTA (Mexico), 15-4, 15-14

Angela GRISAR (Chile) d. Jenny DAZA (Bolivia), 12-15, 15-4, 11-6
Jennifer SAUNDERS (Canada) d. Cristina CORDOVA (Ecuador), 15-1, 15-10

Paola LONGORIA (Mexico) d. Jung Eun ANE (South Korea), 15-8, 15-5
Josée GRAND'MAÎTRE (Canada) d. Maria Paz MUNOZ (Ecuador), 15-9, 15-8

Toshiko SAKAMOTO (Japan) d. Harumi KAJINO (Japan), 15-6, 15-11
Cheryl GUDINAS HOLMES (USA) d. Christina AMAYA (Columbia), 15-6, 15-5

Quarter finals
Rhonda RAJSICH (USA) vs Yazmine SABJA (Bolivia)
Angela GRISAR (Chile) vs. Jennifer SAUNDERS (Canada)

Paola LONGORIA (Mexico) vs. Josée GRAND'MAÎTRE (Canada)
Toshiko SAKAMOTO (Japan) vs. Cheryl GUDINAS HOLMES (USA)

Men's Round of 16
Rocky CARSON (USA) vs. BYE
Michael GREEN (Canada) d. Ricardo MONROY (Bolivia), 15-14, 15-9

Leopoldo GUTIERREZ (Mexico) d. Jorge ZAMBRANA (Bolivia), 15-6, 15-12
Alvaro BELTRAN (Mexico) d. Ivan VILLEGAS (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-3

Vincent GAGNON (Canada) d. Daniel MAGGI (Argentina), 15-5, 15-9
Fernando RIOS (Ecuador) d. Takaaki HIROSE (Japan), 15-5, 15-4

Michimune KONO (Japan) d. Felipe CAMACHO (Costa Rica), 15-11, 9-15, 11-0
Jack HUCZEK (USA) d. Sang-Soo LEE (South Korea), 15-6, 15-3

Men's Quarter finals
Rocky CARSON (USA) vs. Michael GREEN (Canada)
Leopoldo GUTIERREZ (Mexico) vs. Alvaro BELTRAN (Mexico)

Vincent GAGNON (Canada) vs. Fernando RIOS (Ecuador)
Michimune KONO (Japan) vs. Jack HUCZEK (USA)

Follow the bouncing ball....

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