Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Pan American Championships - Elimination Round Preview

The draws are out for the elimination round of the 2016 Pan American Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which will start on Wednesday. Tuesday is an off day in San Luis Potosi.

Mexicans are seeded #1 in all divisions. Daniel De La Rosa and Paola Longoria are the top seeds in Men's and Women's Singles, respectively, and Longoria and Samantha Salas are top seeds in Women's Doubles with Javier Moreno and Alejandro Landa the top seeds in Men's Doubles.

In Women's Singles, Longoria will likely play the winner of Argentina's Maria Jose Vargas and Mexico's Jessica Parrilla in the quarterfinals with a likely semi-final match against Jennifer Saunders of Canada or Veronica Sotomayor of Ecuador. Awaiting Longoria in the final could be Canada's Frédérique Lambert, who's the 2nd seed.

De La Rosa's path to the final starts with a Chilean, as team-mates Rodrigo Salgado and Francisco Troncoso square off in the first round. A win there will put De La Rosa up against either Conrrado Moscoso of Bolivia or Sebastian Franco of Colombia in the quarterfinals.

If De La Rosa gets to the semis, he'll face 4th seed David Horn of the USA, 5th seed Mike Green of Canada or possibly Fernando Rios of Ecuador, who will likely play Green in the Round of 16.

The Men's Singles final could be between De La Rosa as #1 seed and American Jake Bredenbeck, who's the #2 seed.

The International Racquetball Federation (IRF) has partnered with the World Racquetball Tour (WRT) for streaming of this event, so look for matches to be streamed via the WRT website starting on Thursday March 24.

XXIX Pan American Racquetball Championships
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - March 19-26, 2016

Women's Singles - Round of 32

Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE
Sofia Soley (Costa Rica) v. Pamela Sierra (Honduras)

María José Vargas (Argentina) - BYE
Jessica Parrilla (Mexico) - BYE

Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) - BYE
Jenny Daza (Bolivia) - BYE

Ivonne Carpio (Ecuador) - BYE
Jennifer Saunders (Canada) - BYE

Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE
Cecilia Cerquetti (Argentina) v. Paula Padilla (Honduras), 15-3, 15-2

Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE
Michelle Key (USA) - BYE

Cheryl Gudinas (USA) - BYE
Carola Loma (Bolivia) - BYE

Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. Melania Sauma (Costa Rica)
Frédérique Lambert (Canada) - BYE

Women's Doubles - Round of 16

Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Rene Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. Pamela Sierra & Lissel Padilla (Honduras)

Frédérique Lambert & Jennifer Saunders (Canada) - BYE
Jenny Daza & Carola Loma (Bolivia) - BYE

Kelani Bailey & Michelle Key (USA) - BYE
Maria Jose Vargas & Cecilia Cerquetti (Argentina) - BYE

Melania Sauma & Sofia Soley (Costa Rica) - BYE
Maria Paz Muñoz & Veronica Sotomayor (Ecuador) - BYE

Men's Singles - Round of 32

Daniel De La Rosa (Mexico) - BYE
Rodrigo Salgado (Chile) v. Francisco Troncoso (Chile)

Sebastian Franco (Colombia) - BYE
Conrrado Moscoso (Bolivia) - BYE

Mike Green (Canada) - BYE
Fernando Rios (Ecuador) v. Carlos Medrano (Honduras)

Juan Francisco Cueva (Ecuador) v. Aaron Booker (Puerto Rico)
David Horn (USA) - BYE

Javier Mar (Mexico) - BYE
Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) v. Abraham Mercado (Puerto Rico)

Set Cubillos (Colombia) v. Franco Capandegui (Argentina)
Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) - BYE

Samuel Murray (Canada) - BYE
Alexander Pirie (Costa Rica) v. Marco Sarmiento (Honduras)

Christian Wer (Guatemala) v. Edwin Galicia (Guatemala)
Jake Bredenbeck (USA) - BYE

Men's Doubles - Round of 16

Alejandro Lanada & Javier Moreno (Mexico) - BYE
Rodrigo Salgado & Francisco Troncoso (Chile) v. Felipe Arenas & Sebastian Franco (Colombia)

Pedro Castro & Tim Landeryou (Canada) v. Carlos Medrano & Sergio Ortega (Honduras)
Felipe Camacho & Teobaldo Fumero (Costa Rica) - BYE

Fernando Rios & Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) - BYE
Franco Capandegui & Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina) - BYE

Hanzel Martinez & Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Aaron Booker & Abraham Mercado (Puerto Rico)
Jake Bredenbeck & David Horn (USA) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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