Sunday, October 26, 2008

US Open - Waselenchuk wins convincingly

Kane Waselenchuk won his fourth US Open title with a performance that should leave few doubting that he is the best racquetball player in the world, beating the International Racquetball Tour's (IRT's) #1 player, Rocky Carson, 11-2, 11-2, 11-4. The win ties Waselenchuk with Sudsy Monchik for most US Open titles.

Waselenchuk said "to be in Sudsy's company is truly remarkable."

It was clear early that things were likely to go Waselenchuk's way when he hit a cross court pass from between his legs and won the rally. He began the match with drive serves that jammed Carson forcing his opponent to move out of position.

Later in games two and three Waselenchuk lob served to the right, even though that was to Carson's forehand. The serves nicked off the right wall making it difficult for Carson to return.

It's been two years since Waselenchuk has played the US Open, because he was banned from the sport due to a positive drug test. He acknowledged that absence, and was emotional in thanking people for their "unbelievable support."

After the match, Carson said Waselenchuk came "ready to play," and was "at the top of his game, playing out of his mind." It meant Carson "couldn't do it today."

But Waselenchuk said Carson has "stepped up his game tremendously," congratulating him on getting to the final, and acknowledging Carson's the #1 IRT player.

Waselenchuk though also said he was aiming to be #1 at season's end, and has "worked hard" during his time away from racquetball. That work has shown up so far this season, as this is his 4th win in as many tournaments for him.

Men's Pro Finals (seeding)

(11) Kane Waselenchuk d. (1) Rocky Carson, 11-2, 11-2, 11-4

Follow the bouncing ball....

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