Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mexicans sweep doubles finals at 16th IRF World Championships

Mexico swept the men's and women's doubles finals Tuesday at the 16th International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

On the women's side, Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas successfully defended the title they won two years ago in Seoul, South Korea, as they defeated Chilean team of Angela Grisar and Carla Muñoz, 15-5, 15-4, in the first World Championship women's doubles final without the American team.

Combined with her win in singles, Longoria became the first woman to be women's singles and doubles World Champion simultaneously.

On the men's side, Alberto Beltran and Javier Moreno defeated Americans Jansen Allen and Tony Carson, 15-4, 15-4, to win their second World doubles title together. The previous win came in 2006, which was also in Santo Domingo.

For the left-handed Moreno, the victory puts his career record in World Championship doubles finals at 3-3, as he'd be in the final five times previously dating back to 1998.

Wednesday is an off day at Worlds, which will resume on Thursday with a team competition that is a best of three matches: two singles and two doubles. That will finish on Saturday. Matches will be live streamed via the IRF website.

16th IRF World Championships
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Men's Doubles - Final

Alvaro Beltran & Javier Moreno (Mexico) d. Jansen Allen & Tony Carson (USA), 15-4, 15-4

Women's Doubles - Final

Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas Solis (MEX) d. Angela Grisar & Carla Muñoz (Chile), 15-5, 15-4

Follow the bouncing ball....

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