Wednesday, July 22, 2009

World Games - Quarter Final Results

They are through the quarter finals at the 2009 World Games racquetball competition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and things are unfolding as expected as the field has now been narrowed to four men and four women.

World Champion Rhonda Rajsich (USA) will face Angela Grisar of Chile in one women's semi-final, as Rajsich defeated Bolivian Yazmine Sabja, 15-10, 15-10 in the quarters and Grisar beat Canadian Jennifer Saunders, 15-7, 15-5.

The other women's semi will have American Cheryl Gudinas Holmes against the current women's #1 pro Paola Longoria of Mexico. Gudinas Holmes defeated Toskiko Sakamoto of Japan, 15-9, 15-10 and Longoria sent home Canadian Josée Grand'Maître, 15-8, 15-9.

Straight game victories were also the order of the day on the men's side, as World Champion Rocky Carson reached the semis with a victory over Mike Green of Canada, 15-9, 15-9. Carson's opponent will be Mexican Alvaro Beltran, who defeated countryman Leopoldo (Polo) Gutierrez, 15-8, 15-13.

The other men's semi also features an American as Jack Huczek made it through with an easy win over Michimune Kono of Japan, 15-4, 15-0. Huczek will face Canadian Vincent Gagnon who also had a relatively easy time of it in the quarters, as he beat Fernando Rios of Ecuador, 15-8, 15-1.

Both the semi-finals and finals will be played 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 Quarter finals

Rhonda RAJSICH (USA) d. Yazmine SABJA (Bolivia), 15-10, 15-10
Angela GRISAR (Chile) d. Jennifer SAUNDERS (Canada), 15-7, 15-5

Paola LONGORIA (Mexico) d. Josée GRAND'MAÎTRE (Canada), 15-8, 15-9
Cheryl GUDINAS HOLMES (USA) d. Toshiko SAKAMOTO (Japan), 15-9, 15-10

Men's Quarter finals
Rocky CARSON (USA) d. Michael GREEN (Canada), 15-9, 15-9
Alvaro BELTRAN (Mexico) d. Leopoldo GUTIERREZ (Mexico), 15-8, 15-13

Vincent GAGNON (Canada) d. Fernando RIOS (Ecuador), 15-8, 15-1
Jack HUCZEK (USA) d. Michimune KONO (Japan), 15-4, 15-0

Follow the bouncing ball....

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