Sunday, March 28, 2010

2010 Pan American Championships - No surprises so far

There have been no surprises so far at the 23rd Pan American Championships in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Both Paola Longoria (Mexico) and Jennifer Saunders (Canda) have won all their matches so far, as have Columbian Cristina Amaya, Canadian Brandi Jacobson Prentice and Ecuadoran Maria Paz Munoz and Bolivian Jenny Daza Navia.

Cristina Cordova, bronze medalist at last year's World Junior Championships, has lost a match, but it was to Saunders, 15-7, 15-3, on Sunday.

It's a similar story on the men's side. Mexicans Polo Gutierrez and Gil De Los Rios and Canadians Kris Odegard and Vincent Gagnon have all won their matches so far. But their toughest tests will come Monday as the preliminary round ends with the final matches that will set up the seeding for the elimination round that will begin on Wednesday.

Chile absent also

In our shock at the absence of the Americans from Honduras, The Racquetball Blog overlooked the fact that there are no players from Chile either, which is also unfortunate.

Also, Bolivian Carola Loma is absent from the tournament, which we understand is for personal reasons. But as a result there's only one Bolivian woman there, so no doubles team.

Finally, the facility has some new courts, although they are at the same club that has previously hosted international competitions.

The preliminary round ends Monday with Tuesday being a day off prior to the beginning of the elimination round on Wednesday. That round continues through Saturday.

Follow the bouncing ball....

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