Sunday, January 8, 2012

IRT - Waselenchuk wins 2012 California Open

Kane Waselenchuk won another tournament on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) Sunday, as he defeated Rocky Carson in the final of the Coast to Coast California Open in Canoga Park, California, 7-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-8. Waselenchuk last lost on court in the 2009 California Open.

Carson got off to a good start against the IRT's #1 player by winning the first game. But Waselenchuk responded as he often does by making a statement in game two by allowing Carson only a single point.

In games three and four, Carson took early leads, but then had to play from behind as Waselenchuk won a streak of points. Afterwards, Waselenchuk said he was "very fortunate to win those games," and that Carson's "so tough when he's behind."

Waselenchuk attributed his first game loss to Carson playing well and himself being "a little sloppy" with his footwork. Also, Waselenchuk said he didn't feel as good when he woke up Sunday as he had on Saturday.

Carson spoke of how he can put pressure on Waselenchuk in "different ways," and Waselenchuk acknowledged feeling that pressure.

But as Waselenchuk said "I hit the shots when I needed to. Legs started working when they needed to. And here we are. The streak continues."

Waselenchuk will look to continue his winning streak next weekend at the Cactus Salon New York City Pro/Am on Long Island.

2012 California Open - Canoga Park, California


Kane Waselenchuk d. Rocky Carson, 7-11, 11-1, 11-8, 11-8

Follow the bouncing ball....

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