Sunday, August 21, 2022

Day 2 of Doubles at the 2022 IRF World Championships

Day 2 of doubles at the 2022 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico saw few surprises, although some eyebrows could have been raised at the win in Women’s Doubles by Canadians Frédérique Lambert and Michèle Morissette over Bolivians Angelica Barrios and Jenny Daza, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6. But Lambert was the #2 player on Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour not long ago, and on Sunday she showed plenty of the shot making ability that got her there.

In Men’s Doubles, the USA team of Sam Bredenbeck and Charles Pratt defeated Guatemalans Edwin Galicia and Christian Wer, 11-4, 11-3, 11-8, and Canadians Coby Iwaasa and Samuel Murray beat Chileans Diego Gatica and Jaime Mansilla, 11-2, 11-3, 11-5, so they will playoff for top spot in Group 3.

However, the top team of Group 3 will be seeded 3rd in the medal round with the 2nd team of Group 3 in 4th. But there will be a flip of the coin for whether the 3rd or 4th seed is on the top or the bottom of the draw, which effectively means that the USA-Canada winner may or may not end up as the 3rd seed. Each team has the same chance of being 3rd seed regardless of their match outcome tomorrow.

This situation arises, because there are only three groups in Men’s Doubles. If there were four groups, then the winner of Group 3 would be 3rd seed and the winner of Group 4 would be 4th seed - prior to the flip for the draw. But those teams would not be in the same group, so no “meaningless” match situation would occur.

Note that Guatemala and USA are in the same situation in Women’s Doubles, which also has three groups.

Finally, we note that the Cuban Women's and Mixed Doubles teams forfeited their matches, and apparently the reason is that Yurisleidis Araujo was an inexplicable no show for those matches.

The Group Stage matches wrap up on Monday after which the medal round will begin on Tuesday.

Live streaming of matches from Sam Luis Potosi began Sunday, so check out the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel for matches. Matches begin at 10 AM CDT most of the tournament (Tuesday will be the exception with some matches at 9 AM), and run through until late afternoon.

XXI International Racquetball Federation World Championships
San Luis Potosi, Mexico - August 19-27

Men’s Doubles - Sunday

Group 1

Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (MEX) d. Andres Acuña & Sergio Acuña (CRC), 12-10, 11-2, 11-4
Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (ECU) d. Yandy Espinosa & Maikel Moyet (CUB), 11-5, 11-6, 11-2

Group 2

Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) d. Hiroshi Shimizu & Yuki Nakano (JAP), 11-3, 13-11, 11-4
Tomas Oyhanart & Diego Garcia (ARG) d. Ravi Ranjan & Vineet Singh (IND), 11-5, 11-4, 12-10

Group 3

Sam Bredenbeck & Charles Pratt (USA) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (GUA), 11-4, 11-3, 11-8
Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (CAN) d. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (CHI), 11-2, 11-3, 11-5

Women’s Doubles - Sunday

Group 1

Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (MEX) d. Ana Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Paz Muñoz (ECU), 11-3, 11-5, 11-5
Cristina Amaya & Maria Paz Riquelme (COL) - BYE

Group 2

Frédérique Lambert & Michèle Morissette (CAN) d. Angelica Barrios & Jenny Daza (BOL), 11-9, 11-5, 11-6
Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez (ARG) d. Yurisleidis Araujo & Maria Regla (CUB), 11-0, 11-0, 11-0

Group 3

Hollie Scott & Kelani Lawrence (USA) d. Paula Mansilla & Carla Muñoz (CHI), 11-5, 11-8, 11-9
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (GUA) d. Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (JAP), 11-6, 11-1, 11-5

Mixed Doubles - Sunday

Group 1

Rodrigo Montoya & Samatha Salas (MEX) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez & Juan Salvatierra (GUA), 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9
Josue Bermeo & Maria Paz Muñoz (ECU) - BYE

Group 2

Jenny Daza & Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) d. Rodrigo Salgado Jr. & Carla Muñoz (CHI), 14-12, 11-5, 11-9
Frédérique Lambert & Samuel Murray (CAN) - BYE

Group 3

Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa (USA) d. Harumi Kajino & Michimune Kono (JAP), 11-3, 11-8, 14-12
Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (ARG) d. Yurisleidis Araujo & Maikel Moyet (CUB), 11-0, 11-0, 11-0

Follow the bouncing ball…..

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