Thursday, October 23, 2008

US Open - WPRO results

There was one main upset in the first round of the Women's Pro division (Women's Profesional Racquetball Organization - WPRO) at the US Open in Memphis.

Twenty-third seed Aubrey O'brien defeated 10th seed Jo Shattuck, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9. O'brien will next face Adrienne Fisher, who defeated Krystal Csuk, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7, in tomorrow's Round of 16.

Perhaps the two most interesting matches in the 16s will be Cheryl Gudinas Holmes and Veronica Sotomayor, who played two weeks ago in Edmonton at the Canadian Racquetball Classic. Gudinas Holmes won three games to one, and played very well. She'll have to play that well again to fend off the 16 year old phenomenon from Ecuador.

The other match is also a replay, but not of a recent match as Christie Van Hees and Angela Grisar faced each other in the 2006 World Championships, which Van Hees won. However, Van Hees has only played one WPRO match since last year's US Open, and that was two weeks ago in Edmonton where she lost to Sotomayor in five games.

Grisar is a strong player, who's recently risen to 3rd in the WPRO rankings, so Van Hees will need to be on her game tomorrow, if she has any aspirations of adding another US Open title to her already impressive resume.

The women will play twice tomorrow - the Round of 16 and later the quarter finals - to narrow the field to four.

Women's Singles Pro - Round of 32:

Rhonda Rajsich vs. Luisa Aldrete, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7
Keely Franks d. Kimberly Ferina 2-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-0, 11-7

Brenda Kyzer d. Jenny Daza Navia 11-2, 11-5, 11-5
Doreen Fowler d. Brandi Jacobson Prentice 2-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7

Paola Longoria d. Frederique Lambert 11-2,11-7,11-0
Samantha Salas Solis d. Sofia Rascon 11-7,11-2,11-5

Kerri Wachtel d. Jessica Parrilla 11-4,11-5,11-4
Susana Acosta d. Vivian Gomez 11-4,11-1,11-3

Angela Grisar d. Michelle Key 9-11,11-5,11-4,11-5
Christie Van Hees d. Jen Saunders 6-11,11-9,11-2,11-0

Kristen Bellows d. Etsuko Noda 11-1,11-2,11-1
Diane Moore d. Cristina Amaya 11-5,11-9,3-11,11-8

Adrienne Fisher d. Krystal Csuk 11-9,11-9,11-7
Aubrey O'brien d. Jo Shattuck 11-2,11-6,11-9

Veronica Sotomayor d. T.j. Baumbaugh 11-2,11-1,11-2
Cheryl Gudinas Holmes d. Kara Mazur 11-4,11-1,11-3

Follow the bouncing ball....

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