Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bredenbeck gets 1st WRT win at Sonora Open

Jake Bredenbeck won his first World Racquetball Tour (WRT) event Sunday, as he defeated Polo Gutierrez in the final of the Sonora Open in Hermosillo, Mexico, 15-10, 2-15, 11-2. With the win, Bredenbeck will become the #1 player on the WRT. It was his fourth final.

Gutierrez was the #1 WRT player coming into the event, and Bredenbeck was #3.

Afterwards, Bredenbeck said "it's a good feeling to finally win one." He added it was "cool to take the #1 spot. But it was about winning the tournament. Felt good to win."

In game one, Gutierrez was in control early, as he led 6-1 and 10-6. However, Bredenbeck came back and tied it at 10-10.

Then Bredenbeck held Gutierrez at 10 and pushed to win it 15-10. The winning shot was a backhand pinch roll out off a big opportunity in the front court.

Game two was all Gutierrez, as he won comfortably 15-2.

Although Gutierrez had the momentum going into the tie-breaker, it was Bredenbeck who stepped up and seized the moment. He hit some great serves to both sides, but perhaps especially tough down the right side, which was a glass wall.

Bredenbeck also hit some great forehand splat shots into that glass wall. But it was a forehand cross court that won it for him coming after a drive serve down the right side that was returned down the line by Gutierrez, but not well enough.

Gutierrez has a great record in tie-breakers, but he was not able to win it today.

Bredenbeck was a double winner Sunday, as he and Sebastian Franco won the doubles title, beating Jaime Martell and Andree Parrilla in the final, 15-10, 15-7.

The San Diego Open is the next WRT event, and it goes next weekend January 22-25.

2015 WRT Sonora Open
Hermosillo, Mexico


3) Jake Bredenbeck d. 1) Polo Gutierrez, 15-10, 2-15, 11-2

Doubles - Semi-finals

4) Jaime Martell & Andree Parrilla d. 1) Anthony Herrera & David Horn, 1-15, 15-6, 11-10
2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sebastian Franco d. 3) Alejandro Cardona & Erick Sandoval, 10-15, 15-10, 11-8


2) Jake Bredenbeck & Sebastian Franco d. 4) Jaime Martell & Andree Parrilla, 15-10, 15-7

Follow the bouncing ball….

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