Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parrilla & Gutierrez finalists at 2016 WRT Atlanta Open

Andree Parrilla and Polo Gutierrez are surprise finalists at the World Racquetball Tour’s (WRT’s) 2016 Atlanta Open, as they entered the event as the 4th and 7th seeds, respectively. However, both have won WRT events in the past, and Gutierrez has won more than once, so they are not without some racquetball pedigree.

And those pedigrees got deeper after Saturday’s semi-finals. Parrilla ousted WRT #1 Alejandro Cardona in two straight games, 15-12, 15-5, with match point coming off a forehand volley pinch shot taken in the front court that was absolutely flat rolled.

As impressive as Parrilla’s win was, Gutierrez’s appearance in the final may be even more impressive as he defeated both the 2nd and 3rd seeds, David Horn and Jake Bredenbeck, in the semi-finals and quarterfinals, respectively. Gutierrez defeated Horn, 15-14, 15-10, in the semis, and beat Bredenbeck, 15-12, 15-13, in the semis.

There's also surprise finalists in doubles, as 4th seeds Justus Benson and Jaime Martell upset tup seeds Cardona and Teobaldo Fumero, 15-6, 15-10, in the semi-finals Saturday. Benson and Martell will take on 2nd seeds Horn and Parrilla in Sunday's final. Horn and Parrilla beat 3rd seeds Nicolai Miramontes and Francisco Troncoso, 15-11, 15-7, in the other semi.

You can view the final live from Georgia at noon Sunday via the WRT website.

2016 WRT Atlanta Open - Lilburn, Georgia
September 15-18, 2016


4) Andree Parrilla d. 1) Alejandro Cardona, 15-12, 15-5
7) Polo Gutierrez d. 3) David Horn, 15-14, 15-10

Final - Sunday Noon EDT

4) Andree Parrilla v. 7) Polo Gutierrez

Doubles Semi-finals

4) Justus Benson & Jaime Martell d. 1) Alejandro Cardona & Teobaldo Fumero, 15-6, 15-10
2) David Horn & Andree Parrilla d. 3) Nicolai Miramontes & Francisco Troncoso, 15-11, 15-7

Doubles Final - Sunday 1 PM EDT

2) David Horn & Andree Parrilla v. 4) Justus Benson & Jaime Martell

Follow the bouncing ball….

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