Friday, October 6, 2017

Beltran & Landa 1st UnitedHealthcare US Open IRT semi-finalists

Alvaro Beltran ended the run of former US Open Champion Sudsy Monchik in the quarterfinals of the 2017 UnitedHealthcare US Open in Minneapolis Friday, winning 11-7, 11-6, 1-11, 11-8. The win puts Beltran in the semi-finals where he'll face Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and 9 time defending US Open Champion. Two of those final wins have been over Beltran.

There was an upset in the IRT quarters Friday, as 11th seed Alejandro Landa defeated IRT #3 Daniel De La Rosa, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-4. Landa will play the winner of IRT #2 Rocky Carson and Javier Mar in what will be his 2nd US Open semi-final appearance. Landa was a US Open semi-finalist for the first time in 2014.

But the top two seeds had little trouble advancing to the semis, as they each defeated their young opponents in three straight games. Top seed Waselenchuk defeated Conrrado Moscoso, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8, and IRT #2 Rocky Carson beat Javier Mar, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6.

The 2017 UnitedHealthcare US Open IRT quarterfinals begin at 10 AM Friday at the Life Time Athletic Target Center club in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The semi-finals will be 11 AM and 2 PM Saturday with the final set for noon on Sunday.

2017 UnitedHealthcare US Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 4-8, 2017

IRT Men’s Singles

Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Kane Waselenchuk d. Conrrado Moscoso, 11-4, 11-5, 11-8
4) Alvaro Beltran d. Sudsy Monchik, 11-7, 11-6, 1-11, 11-8

11) Alejandro Landa d. 3) Daniel De La Rosa, 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11, 11-4
2) Rocky Carson d. Javier Mar, 11-5, 11-4, 11-6

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Kane Waselenchuk v. 4) Alvaro Beltran
2) Rocky Carson or Javier Mar v. 11) Alejandro Landa

Follow the bouncing ball….

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