Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 Pan Am Championships - Singles Draws

Maria Jose Vargas of Argentina is the #1 in Women’s Singles for the elimination round at the XXXI Pan American Championships in Temuco, Chile. Defending Pan Am Women’s Singles Champion, Paola Longoria of Mexico is seeded 10th, as she lost to Vargas in the Group Stage, so she lost her top seeding.

Thus, Longoria will play Janel Tisinger of the USA in her first elimination round match, which will be in the Round of 16. The winner will likely face 2nd seed Maria Paz Muñoz of Ecuador in the quarterfinals with a Samantha Salas of Mexico or Cristina Amaya of Colombia awaiting the winner in the semi-finals. So, the two Mexicans could face off before the final.

That’s not a great situation, but it’s better than Guatemala’s, as 4th seed Gabriela Martinez may play 13th seed Maria Renee Rodriguez in the Round of 16. This ‘may’ happen but Rodriguez needs to defeat Josefa Parada of Chile first.

Elsewhere in the draw, veterans Rhonda Rajsich of the USA, seeded 8th, and Jen Saunders of Canada, seeded 8th, will face off in the Round of 16. The winner will likely face #1 seed Maria José Vargas of Argentina in the quarterfinals.

Our man to watch - Maikel Mollet of Cuba - is the 4th seed in Men’s Singles with Mexicans Rodrigo Montoya and Andree Parrilla the 1st and 3rd seeds, respectively, and American David Horn 2nd seed. Mollet’s seeding likely means a showdown with 5th seed Carlos Keller of Bolivia in the quarterfinals.

Other matches to watch for include Bolivian Kadim Carrasco and the USA’s Thomas Carter in the Round of 32. The winner will play #1 seed Rodrigo Montoya of Mexico. Also, Pedro Castro of Canada will probably play Jose Daniel Ugalde of Ecuador in the Round of 16.

The elimination round begins Wednesday morning.

XXXI Pan American Racquetball Championships
Temuco, Chile - March 24-31, 2018

Women's Singles - Round of 32

1) Maria José Vargas (Argentina) - BYE
16) Yurisleidis Araujo (Cuba) v. 17) Maricruz Ortiz (Costa Rica)

9) Jen Saunders (Canada) - BYE
8) Rhonda Rajsich (USA) - BYE

5) Carla Muñoz (Chile) - BYE
12) Natalia Mendez (Argentina) v. 21) Maria José Muñoz (Ecuador)

13) Maria Renee Rodriguez (Guatemala) v. 20) Josefa Parada (Chile)
4) Gabriela Martinez (Guatemala) - BYE

3) Samantha Salas (Mexico) - BYE
14) Valeria Centallas (Bolivia) v. 19) Maria Paz Riquelme (Colombia), 15-2, 15-6

11)Alexis Iwaasa (Canada) - BYE
6) Cristina Amaya (Colombia) - BYE

7) Janel Tisinger (USA) - BYE
10) Paola Longoria (Mexico) - BYE

15) Jasmine Sabja (Bolivia) v. 18) Maria Viera Gonzales (Cuba)
2) Maria Paz Muñoz (Ecuador) - BYE

Men's Singles - Round of 32

1) Rodrigo Montoya (Mexico) - BYE
16) Thomas Carter (USA) v. 17) Kadim Carrasco (Bolivia)

9) Andres Acuña (Costa Rica) v. 24) Enier Chacon Gomez (Cuba)
8) Trevor Webb (Canada) - BYE

5) Carlos Keller (Bolivia) - BYE
12) Edwin Galicia (Guatemala) v. 21) Carlos Medrano (Honduras)

13) Andres Gomez (Colombia) v. 20) Shai Manzuri (Argentina)
4) Maikel Mollet (Cuba) - BYE

3) Andree Parrilla (Mexico) - BYE
14) Christian Chavez (Ecuador) v. 19) Rodrigo Salgado (Chile)

11) Gabriel Garcia (Costa Rica) v. 22) Juan Jose Salvatierra (Guatemala)
6) Francisco Troncoso (Chile) - BYE

7) Pedro Castro (Canada) - BYE
10) Jose Daniel Ugalde (Ecuador) v. 23) Marco Sarmiento (Honduras)

15) Set Cubillos (Colombia) v. 18) Fernando Kurzbard (Argentina)
2) David Horn (USA) - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball....

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