Sunday, August 21, 2022

Day 2 singles results from 2022 IRF World Championships

Defending champions won again on day two of singles play at the 2022 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Alejandro Landa (USA) - the defending Men’s Singles Champion - beat Ramon De Leon from the Dominican Republic, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8, and Mexican Paola Longoria, the defending Women’s Singles Champion, defeated Carla Muñoz, 11-6, 11-8, 11-4.

There were only a couple of close matches on Sunday. In Women’s Singles, Japan’s Ayako Hanashi came back from a game down to defeat Jazmin Elizabeth Aguilar Salvatierra of Guatemala, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 13-11.

In Men’s Singles, Japan’s Michimune Kono eked out a three game win over Costa Rican Sergio Acuña, 16-14, 11-6, 12-10. Acuña - the younger brother of Andres - was the top seed in Group 4, but now may not make it out of the group. He’ll need a win over Canadian Kurtis Cullen on Monday to have a chance. Cullen already has two wins, having beaten Kono on Saturday and Cuban Yandy Espinosa, 11-4, 11-2, 11-2, on Sunday. On Monday, if Kono beats Espinosa, and Acuña beats Cullen, they’ll all be 2-1 and the tie-breaker rules will be need to be applied to determine who advances.

Players will be closest seeding will face off on Monday - the last day of the group stage. Thus, the matches to determine who advances to the medal round should be very competitive.

They are streaming matches San Luis Potosí, so check the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel. Matches will 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 Singles - Saturday

Group 1

Rocky Carson (USA) d. Juan Francisco Cueva (ECU) d., 11-8, 11-9, 11-2
Diego Garcia (ARG) - BYE

Group 2

Andres Acuña (CRC) d. Tomas Oyhanart (ARG), 11-2, 11-6, 11-2
Jose Daniel Ugalde (ECU) - BYE

Group 3

Alejandro Landa (USA) d. Ramon De Leon (DOM), 11-5, 11-4, 11-8
Edwin Galicia (GUA) d. Fabian Balmori (ESP), 11-7, 11-7, 11-5

Group 4

Michimune Kono (JAP) d. Sergio Acuña (CRC), 16-14, 11-6, 12-10
Kurtis Cullen (CAN) d. Yandy Espinosa (CUB), 11-4, 11-2, 11-2

Group 5

Daniel De La Rosa (MEX) d. Jaime Mansilla (CHI), 11-1, 11-8, 11-8
Juan Salvatierra (GUA) d. Arun Bhaskaran (IND), 11-1, 11-6, 11-5

Group 6

Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) d. Ryoki Kamahara (JAP), 11-6, 11-4, 11-9
Lee Connell (CAN) d. Markell Moyet (CUB), 11-8, 11-6, 12-10

Group 7

Rodrigo Montoya (MEX) d. Rafael Gatica (CHI), 11-2, 11-8, 11-5
Carlos Keller (BOL) d. Vineet Singh (IND), 11-8, 11-7, 11-6

Women’s Singles - Saturday

Group 1

Erika Manilla (USA) d. Maria Paz Muñoz (ECU), 11-6, 11-7, 11-2
Maria Paz Riquelme (COL) - BYE

Group 2

Natalia Mendez (ARG) d. Danielle Drury (CAN), 11-2, 11-4, 11-4
Jenny Daza (BOL) - BYE

Group 3

Rhonda Rajsich (USA) d. Ana Lucia Sarmiento (ECU), 11-5, 11-2, 11-2
Cristina Amaya (COL) d. Yurisleidis Araujo (CUB), 11-5, 11-6, 11-9


Valeria Centellas (ARG) d. Juliette Parent (CAN), 11-4, 11-2, 11-3
Angelica Barrios (BOL) d. Maria Regla (CUB), 11-6, 11-9, 11-4

Group 5

Paola Longoria (MEX) d. Carla Muñoz (CHI), 11-6, 11-8, 11-4
Ayako Hanashi (JAP) d. Jazmin Elizabeth Aguilar Salvatierra (GUA), 8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 13-11

Group 6

Gabriela Martinez (GUA) d. Harumi Kajino (JAP), 11-8, 11-1, 11-6
Alexandra Herrera (MEX) d Paula Mansilla (CHI), 11-3, 11-3, 11-4

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