Saturday, April 23, 2011

PARC - 2011 Pan American Championships - Rajsich prevents Mexican sweep

Rhonda Rajsich (USA) prevented a Mexico sweep of the finals at the XXIV Pan American Championships in Managua, Nicaragua, by defeating Samantha Salas of Mexico, 15-14, 15-5, in the women's singles final. The win was Rajsich's second Pan American Championship title in singles and 3rd overall, as she won both singles and doubles (with Janel Tisinger) in 2007.

Rajsich had a chance at winning both again on Saturday, as she and Krystal Csuk faced off against Salas and Paola Longoria in the women's doubles final. But that one went to Mexico in a tie-breaker, 14-15, 15-7, 11-5. It was Salas's second consecutive Pan American Championship gold in doubles, as she won last year with Susy Acosta, and the first for Longoria in doubles and 4th overall to go with her three singles titles.

Mexican men swept the gold, as Daniel De La Rosa won his first Pan American Championship by defeating Chris Crowther (USA) in the singles final, 12-15, 15-14, 11-9, and Javier Moreno and Polo Gutierrez took the doubles gold, beating Americans Jansen Allen and Tony Carson, 15-13, 4-15, 11-4.

It was Moreno's second Pan American Championship gold in doubles, as he also won it in 2008 with Gilberto Meija.

2011 Pan American Championships - Managua, Nicaragua

Women's Doubles Results

1st Place - Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (MEX) d. Krystal Csuk & Rhonda Rajsich (USA), 14-15, 15-7, 11-5

3rd Place - Jenny Daza & Carola Loma (BOL) d. Josée Grand'Maître & Brandi Jacobson Prentice (Canada), 13-15, 15-10, 11-5

Men's Doubles Results

1st Place - Javiar Moreno & Polo Gutierrez (MEX) d. Jansen Allen & Tony Carson (USA), 15-15, 4-15, 11-4

3rd Place - Mike Green & Kris Odegard (Canada) d. Daniel Maggi & Shai Manzuri (ARG), 15-5, 15-3

Men's Singles Results

1st Place - Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) d. Chris Crowther (USA), 12-15, 15-14, 11-9

3rd Place - Vincent Gagnon (Canada) d. Alejandro Herrera (COL), 15-6, 15-12

Women's Singles Results

1st Place - Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Samantha Salas (MEX), 15-14, 15-5

3rd Place - Paola Longoria (MEX) d. Angela Grisar (CHILE), forfeit

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