Friday, August 10, 2012

16th IRF World Championships - Men's quarters

The top four seeds are through to the semi-finals of the men's team competition at the 16th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and they all got there in two straight games.

Top seeded USA took out Japan with wins by Jansen Allen and Tony Carson over Michimune Kono and Hiroshi Shimizu, 15-4, 15-7, and Rocky Carson over Kono, 15-5, 15-4.

The Americans will next play 4th seed Bolivia. They advanced against Argentina, as Ricardo Monroy and Roland Keller beat Daniel Maggi and Fernando Kurzbard, 15-11, 15-7 and Carlos Keller defeated Santiago Ugalde, 15-6, 15-4.

On the other side of the draw it will be Mexico versus Canada. Mexico defeated the host Dominican Republic with wins in doubles - Alvaro Beltran and Javier Moreno over Junior Rodriguez and Luis Perez, 15-7, 15-3 - and in singles with Polo Gutierrez beating Perez, 15-2, 15-2.

The Canadians had a bit of a tougher time against Ecuador, as their doubles team of Mike Green and Vincent Gagnon needed a tie-breaker to beat Fernando Rios and Jose Daniel Alvarez, 15-11, 12-15, 11-0. Then Green defeated Rios, 15-6, 15-9.

The men's quarter finals and semi-finals on Friday and final on Saturday, and the women's semi-finals are in progress. Their final will also be on Saturday.

Matches will be streamed via the IRF website.

16th IRF World Championships
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Men's Team Competition

Quarter finals

USA d. Japan, 2-0
Bolivia d. Argentina, 2-0

Mexico d. Dominican Republic, 2-0
Canada d. Ecuador, 2-0


USA v. Bolivia
Mexico v. Canada

Women's Team Competition


USA v. Colombia
Canada v. Mexico

Follow the bouncing ball....

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