Monday, June 10, 2013

Sotomayor dominates at WRT 2013 Chile Open

Veronica Sotomayor dominated the women's division of the 2013 Chile Open on the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) in Vina del Mar, Chile, defeating each of the other four women in the draw in two straight games, including convincing wins over Cristina Amaya, 15-5, 15-9, and Maria Paz Muñoz, 15-6, 15-1.

Amaya finished second with three wins and a loss.

Cecilia Cerquetti of Argentina was the surprise 3rd place finisher with one win and three losses. We say a surprise, as we haven't heard of Cerquetti before, yet her results clearly indicate she's a good player. She defeated Muñoz, 15-7, 15-7, and almost beat Jessica Parrilla, losing 15-14, 15-11.

We know both Muñoz and Parrilla are good players, so we have to assume the same about Cerquetti if she's going toe-to-toe with them. It's interesting to have a new player on the scene, especially as Cerquetti comes from Argentina, which hasn't developed a strong woman player, aside from Véronique Guillemette, who is a transplanted Canadian.

Word is that Cerquetti is a left-handed player, and has a squash background. She's been on the Argentine National Squash Team representing her country at the 2010 South American Games, 2011 Pan Am Games and 2012 Women's World Team Squash Championships.

Muñoz and Parrilla finished 4th and 5th, respectively, with one win and three losses each.

The next WRT event is Flagstaff Open, June 20-23 in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

2013 Chile Open
Vina del Mar, Chile

Women's Singles (wins-losses)

1st - Veronica Sotomayor (4-0)
2nd - Cristina Amaya (3-1)
3rd - Cecilia Cerquetti (1-3)
4th - Maria Paz Munoz (1-3)
5th - Jessica Parrilla (1-3)

Match results

Jessica Parrilla d. Cecilia Cerquetti, 15-14, 15-11
Veronica Sotomayor d. Maria Paz Munoz, 15-6, 15-1

Cecilia Cerquetti d. Maria Paz Munoz, 15-7, 15-7
Veronica Sotomayor d. Cristina Amaya, 15-5, 15-9

Veronica Sotomayor d. Cecilia Cerquetti, 15-3, 15-6
Cristina Amaya d. Jessica Parrilla, 11-15, 15-5, 11-8

Maria Paz Munoz d. Jessica Parrilla, 15-12, 15-10
Cristina Amaya d. Cecilia Cerquetti, 15-5, 15-12

Veronica Sotomayor d. Jessica Parrilla, 15-4, 15-10
Cristina Amaya d. Maria Paz Munoz, 15-4, 15-14

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