Thursday, December 9, 2021

Semi-finals are set for 2021 IRF World Junior Championships

The third day of the medal round at the 32nd International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Thursday had fewer matches and fewer surprises. However, in Boys U18 Singles, Ecuador’s Pablo Vera defeated top seed Felipe Guillen of Costa Rica, 15-8, 15-9, in the quarterfinals. He’ll play Mexican Sebastian Longoria in the one semi-final, as Longoria beat Colombian Juan Segovia, 15-2, 15-1.

In the other semi-final, it will be Erick Trujillo of Mexico versus Luis Aguilar of Bolivia, as Trujillo beat another Bolivian Jhoel Acha, 15-7, 15-1, in one quarterfinal, while Aguilar was defeating Nathan Jauvin of Canada, 15-2, 15-5.

In the Girls U18 quarterfinals, top seed Micaela Meneses of Bolivia was a straight game winner over Guatemala’s Jazmin Salvatierra, 15-5, 15-4, and will play Mexican Daniela Rico in the semi-finals. Rico defeated Anna Salvatierra of Guatemala, 15-7, 15-1, in the quarters.

On the other side of the draw, Martina Katz of Argentina was a narrow winner over Sofia Freer of Costa Rica, 15-13, 15-14, and in the semis, she’ll play Mexican Ximena Martinez, who defeated Canadian Juliette Parent, 15-10, 15-13.

Overall, Mexico’s 12 players in singles have all made it to the semi-finals. Seven Bolivians are semi-finalists (four boys and two girls), two players from Ecuador (both boys), and one each from Argentina, Canada and Guatemala (all of those are girls).

In doubles, five teams from Bolivia, Costa Rica and Mexico in the semi-finals, as well as two teams from Canada and Guatemala and one each from Colombia, Chile and Ecuador.

Thus, there are a variety of countries looking to win matches on semi-final Friday in Guatemala City, so they can play in the finals on Saturday.

Reminder that matches are being live streamed from Guatemala, and they’ll be streaming through the finals on Saturday. Check with the (IRF page on Facebook to see the streaming schedule.

32nd IRF World Championships
December 2-December 11 - Guatemala City, Guatemala

Girls U18 Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) d. Jazmin Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-5, 15-4
Daniela Rico (Mexico) d. Anna Salvatierra (Guatemala), 15-7, 15-1

Ximena Martinez (Mexico) d. Juliette Parent (Canada), 15-10, 15-13
Martina Katz (Argentina) d. Sofia Freer (Costa Rica), 15-13, 15-14

Girls U18 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Micaela Meneses (Bolivia) v. Daniela Rico (Mexico) - 11 AM
Martina Katz (Argentina) v. Ximena Martinez (Mexico) - 11 AM

Girls U16 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Jazmin Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Cynthia Gutierrez (Mexico) - 1 PM
Kristin Salinas (Bolivia) v. Angela Ortega (Mexico) - 1 PM

Girls U14 Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

Maria Fernanda Trujillo (Mexico) - BYE
Chloe Jauvin (Canada) d. Maria Argueta (Guatemala), 15-13, 15-9

Yanna Salazar (Mexico) d. Jessie Vargas (Costa Rica), 15-1 15-4
Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) - BYE

Girls U14 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Maria Fernanda Trujillo (Mexico) v. Chloe Jauvin (Canada) - 10 AM
Natalia Mendez (Bolivia) v. Yanna Salazar (Mexico) - 10 AM

Boys U18 Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

Pablo Vera (Ecuador) d. Felipe Guillen (Costa Rica), 15-8, 15-9
Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) d. Juan Segovia (Colombia), 15-2, 15-1

Luis Aguilar (Bolivia) d. Nathan Jauvin (Canada), 15-2, 15-5
Erick Trujillo (Mexico) d. Jhoel Acha (Bolivia), 15-7, 15-1

Boys U18 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Pablo Vera (Ecuador) v. Sebastian Longoria (Mexico) - 10 AM
Erick Trujillo (Mexico) v. Luis Aguilar (Bolivia) - 10 AM

Boys U16 Singles - Quarterfinals - Thursday

Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) d. Victor Segura (Costa Rica), 15-5, 15-0
Christian Sanchez (Mexico) d. Jose Caceres (Guatemala), 15-11, 15-10

Hernan Ruiz Michel (Bolivia) d. Hector Sierra (Guatemala), 15-10, 15-6
Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) d. Christian Pocsai (Canada), 15-13, 15-8

Boys U16 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Ezequiel Subieta (Bolivia) v. Christian Sanchez (Mexico) - Noon
Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Hernan Ruiz Michel (Bolivia) - Noon

Boys U14 Singles - Semi-finals - Friday

Martin Carchi (Ecuador) v. Eder Renteria (Mexico) - 11 AM
Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) v. Marco Vedia (Bolivia) - 11 AM

Girls U18 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Micaela Meneses & Florencio Villazon (Bolivia) v. Fabi Landry & Maria Laura Villacreses (Ecuador) - 4 PM
Ximena Martinez & Daniela Rico (Mexico) v. Sofia Freer & Abigail Solano (Costa Rica) - 4 PM

Girls U16 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Andrea Reyes & Anna Salvatierra (Guatemala) v. Jimena Gomez & Jimena Rodriguez (Costa Rica) - 5 PM
Cynthia Gutierrez & Angela Ortega (Mexico) v. Natalia Mendez & Kristin Salinas (Bolivia) - 5 PM

Girls U14 Doubles - Final - Saturday

Yanna Salazar & Maria Fernanda Trujillo (Mexico) v. Ared Arce & Ashly Arce (Costa Rica) - 11 AM

Boys U18 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (Chile) v. Felipe Guillen & Andres Matamoros (Costa Rica) - 3 PM
Jhoel Acha & Nestor Zenteno (Bolivia) v. Nathan Jauvin & Christian Pocsai (Canada) - 3 PM

Boys U16 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Christian Sanchez & Jorge Gutierrez (Mexico) v. Javier Farfan & Ezequiel Zubieta (Bolivia) - 5 PM

Jose Caceres & Hector Sierra (Guatemala) v. Santiago Gamboa &.Victor Segura (Costa Rica) - 5 PM

Boys U14 Doubles - Semi-finals - Friday

Eder Renteria & Sebastian Ruelas (Mexico) v. Tomas Alvarado & Juan Pinedo (Colombia) - 3 PM
Marco Mamani & Marco Vedia (Bolivia) v. Rafael Guillemette & Asher Pocsai (Canada) - 3 PM

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