Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bredenbeck wins 2015 WRT Midwest Championships

Jake Bredenbeck won the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) Midwest Championships in Minneapolis in a tie-breaker over Polo Gutierrez, 15-12, 9-15, 11-6. He used his powerful drive serve to keep Gutierrez off balance, and then followed that up with some strong shots during the rallies.

After the match, Bredenbeck said his shoulder "hurts a lot," but added it "feels really good to win."

Bredenbeck won game one, although Gutierrez led for most of the game, including at 10-5 and 12-9. But Bredenbeck won the last six points to take it 15-12 with four forehand winners and the last point off a drive serve ace to the left side.

The veteran Gutierrez was undeterred, though, and led for most of game two. Bredenbeck got close at 6-5 down, but wasn't within three after that, as Gutierrez won it 15-9.

They were close early in game three, and tied at 3-3. But Bredenbeck poured it on from there, scoring five points on consecutive rallies to lead 8-3. He added another for a 9-3 lead, and the writing seemed to be on the wall.

Gutierrez got a few back, but Bredenbeck won it on his second match point opportunity, hitting a drive serve to the right - most of his drive serves in the tie-breaker had been to the left - and following it up with a forehand down the line shot to win it.

In doubles, the glass shoe broke for Minnesotans John Goth and Alejandro Romo, who were surprise finalists, as they fell to the 2nd seed Jaime Martell and Jose Daniel Ugalde in two straight games, 15-11, 15-9.

The WRT is in action again next weekend in Cali, Colombia.

WRT 2015 Midwest Championships
Minneapolis, Minnesota


3) Jake Bredenbeck d. 1) Polo Gutierrez, 15-12, 9-15, 11-6

Doubles - Final

2) Jaime Martell & Jose Daniel Ugalde d. 5) John Goth & Alejandro Romo, 15-11, 15-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

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