Friday, May 7, 2010

Wachtel in New Orleans for the WPRO Ektelon World Championships

There's an interesting twist to the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) Ektelon World Championships in New Orleans this weekend, as Kerri Wachtel was a late entry into the draw. She's seeded fourth, and is a surprise participant in a tournament that shapes up as a battle for the #1 WPRO ranking between Paola Longoria and Rhonda Rajsich, currently the #1 and #2 players, respectively. With only 50.6 ranking points between them, whoever does the best in New Orleans will finish the season at #1.

Wachtel will be trying to do what Kristen Bellows did last season, when she won the last event of the year in what was also a showdown between Longoria and Rajsich. Bellows defeated Rajsich in the semi and Longoria in the final, which meant Longoria finished as the #1 player for 2008-09.

WPRO Ektelon World Championships
New Orleans, Louisiana

Round of 32

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
16 Danielle Emerson vs. 17 Frederique T Lambert

9 Keely Franks - BYE
8 Krystal Csuk- BYE

5 Adrienne Fisher - BYE
12 Jennifer Saunders vs. 21 Beth Sacco

13 Cristina Amaya vs. 20 Sherron Boyea
4 Kerri Wachtel - BYE

3 Cheryl Gudinas - BYE
14 Doreen Fowler vs. 19 Linda Scales

11 Samantha Salas vs. 22 Lynn Cherry
6 Jo Shattuck - BYE

7 T. J. Baumbaugh - BYE
10 Vivian Gomez - BYE

15 Laura Brandt vs. 18 Anita Maldonado
2 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

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