Thursday, January 22, 2015

WRT 2015 San Diego Open - Preview

Jake Bredenbeck, fresh off his win last weekend at the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Sonora Open, is the top seed this weekend at the WRT San Diego Open where there is a large draw of 43 players in singles and 14 doubles teams.

Bredenbeck is the top seed, but perhaps the player to beat is Chris Crowther, who's playing in his first WRT event. As it's his first event, Crowther has the lowest seeding, so if he does make it to the final, where he could meet Bredenbeck, as they are on opposite sides of the draw, it would be his 6th match of the event.

That would be a lot of racquetball for a player like Crowther who has been troubled by back injuries from time to time. And to reach the final, Crowther will likely have to defeat 3rd seed Alejandro Cardona in the quarters and 2nd seed Polo Gutierrez in the semis in what would be his 4th and 5th matches of the draw. Not an easy task at the best of times.

It should make for a very interesting weekend.

Adding to the interest is the doubles draw in San Diego, and there are a few teams of note, including the top seeds Bredenbeck and Sebastian Franco, who won doubles last week in Sonora.

But also in the doubles draw is the team of World Junior Champions Christian Longoria and Mario Mercado, who won Boy's U16 and Boy's U18 last year, and former Women's World Champions Jacqueline Paraiso and Joy Paraiso-Mackenzie.

Longoria and Mercado are seeded 5th, and will likely play 4th seeds Alejandro Cardona and Danny Lavely in the quarters, which should be a tough match. The Paraiso sisters will also be in tough right off the hop, as they are seeded 14th and play last week's runners up 3rd seeds Jaime Martell and Andree Parrilla.

Look for action to be live streamed via the WRT website.

WRT 2015 San Diego Open

Round of 64

1) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE
32) Felipe Munoz v. 33) Tim Noll

17) Mario Mercado - BYE
16) Alan Natera - BYE

9) Christian Longoria - BYE
24) Steve Clark v. 41) Philip Varela Jr.

25) Steve Waltz) v. 40) Jacob Varela
8) Andree Parrilla - BYE

5) Anthony Herrera - BYE
28) Seung Jun Jeon v. 37) Majeed Shahin

21) Jeremy McGlothin v. 44) Erik Canez
12) Alexi David Cocco Hayes - BYE

13) Daeyong Kwon - BYE
20) Jordy Alonso - BYE

29) Seoul Jeoung - BYE
5) David Horn - BYE

3) Alejandro Cardona - BYE
30) Joe Lara v. 35) Miguel Rodriguez Jr.

19) Chase Robison - BYE
14) Javier Mar - BYE

11) Danny Lavely - BYE
22) Kenny Green Jr. v. 43) Chris Crowther

27) Sebastian Fernandez v. 38) Greg Starodub
6) Jaime Martell - BYE

7) Sebastian Franco - BYE
26) Jose Felix v. 39) Ray Starodub

23) Ceazare Barbarin v. 42) Jimmy Vequezo
10) Alex Almada - BYE

15) Rafael Filippini - BYE
18) Alan Palomino - BYE

31) Carlos Mercado v. 34) Victor Rodriguez
2) Polo Gutierrez - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Jake Bredenbeck & Sebastian Franco - BYE
8) Kenny Green Jr. & Chase Robison v. 9) Seung Jun Jeon & Emmett Coe

5) Christian Longoria & Mario Mercado v. 12) Tim Noll & Jacob Varela
4) Alejandro Cardona & Danny Lavely v. 13) Majeed Shahin & Jimmy Vequezo

3) Jaime Martell & Andree Parrilla v. 14) Jacqueline Paraiso & Joy Paraiso-Mackenzie
6) Javier Mar & Alan Natera v. 11) Rafael Morales & Felipe Munoz

7) Alex Almada & Alan Palomino v. 10) Sebastian Fernandez & Miguel Rodriguez Jr.
2) Anthony Herrera & David Horn - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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