Friday, October 7, 2011

US OPEN - WPRO Round of 16

Da'monique Davis had the best win of her Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) career early Friday, as she knocked off two time US Open champion Cheryl Gudinas, 11-5, 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6, in the Round of 16 at the 16th US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis.

The win put Davis in the quarter finals for the second time in two WPRO events this season. She didn't make it past the Round of 16 in any of the eight WPRO tournaments she played last season.

Davis will play Kerri Wachtel in the quarter finals, as Wachtel fought off Aimee Ruiz in four games, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11. Ruiz had leads of 7-1 and 10-4 in game four, so it looked like a tie breaker was going to be needed to determine the winner.

But Wachtel, the 2001 US Open champion, came back with drive Z serves to the right side - Ruiz's backhand side, and also hit great serve returns off of Ruiz's lob serves, including volleying pinch shot winners.

In other action, former top 4 player Kristen Bellows is trying to do a Clijsters: win a Grand Slam event after basically not playing on tour for two seasons. She was a winner over 6th seed Adrienne Fisher, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9.

Also, 9th seed Jennifer Saunders has reached the US Open quarter finals for the first time with a win over Cristina Amaya, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5. Saunders will play top seed Rhonda Rajsich in the quarters, as Rajsich defeated Sharon Jackson, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3, in the Round of 16.

The WPRO Round of 16 and quarter finals will be played on Friday.

You can watch the action via the IRT Network all tournament.

2011 US Open Racquetball Championships, Minneapolis, Minnesota
WPRO Round of 16

Rhonda Rajsich d. Sharon Jackson, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3
Jennifer Saunders d. Cristina Amaya, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5

Da'monique Davis d. Cheryl Gudinas, 11-5, 4-11, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6
Kerri Wachtel d. Aimee Ruiz, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 13-11

Samantha Salas Solis d. Sheryl Lotts, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9
Kristen Bellows d. Adrienne Fisher, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9

Krystal Csuk d. Susana Acosta, 11-7, 11-9, 2-11, 17-15
Paola Longoria d. Jessica Parrilla, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6

WPRO Quarter finals

Rhonda Rajsich vs. Jennifer Saunders
Kerri Wachtel vs. Da'monique Davis

Samantha Salas Solis vs. Kristen Bellows
Paola Longoria vs. Krystal Csuk

Follow the bouncing ball....

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