Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Top seeds in doubles through to the semi-finals at 2022 IRF World Championships

The three Mexican top seeds in doubles all won their respective matches on Tuesday, as the medal round began at the 2022 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. In Men’s Doubles, the 2018 champions Alvaro Beltran and Daniel De La Rosa defeated Ecuador’s Juan Francisco Cueva and Jose Daniel Ugalde, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7. They’ll face the USA team of Sam Bredenbeck and Charles Pratt in the semi-finals on Wednesday, as the USA beat Cubans Yandy Espinosa and Maikel Moyet, 11-6, 12-10, 11-5, on Tuesday.

In Women’s Doubles, Mexicans Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas, who are the defending champions, are into the semis after defeating Bolivians Angelica Barrios and Jenny Daza, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4. Up next for them will be Guatemalans Gabriela Martinez and Maria Renee Rodriguez who defeated Colombians Cristina Amaya and Maria Paz Riquelme, 11-2, 13-11, 12-10.

The Pan American Champions in Mixed Doubles - Mexicans Rodrigo Montoya and Samatha Salas - beat Chileans Rodrigo Salgado Jr. and Carla Muñoz, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9, in the quarterfinals Tuesday. They’ll play Argentina’s Valeria Centellas and Diego Garcia, who defeated Maria Renee Rodriguez and Juan Salvatierra of Guatemala, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10.

The closest match in Mixed Doubles was between Canadians Frédérique Lambert and Samuel Murray and Americans Michelle De La Rosa and Alejandro Landa, which was understandable as the players are very familiar with each other from playing on the pro tours. Murray and Landa have often been doubles partners, and Lambert and De La Rosa played together as well. Thus, it wasn’t surprising that their match went five games with Canada coming on top, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5.

Canada’s win sets up a rematch with Bolivians Jenny Daza and Conrrado Moscoso in the semi-finals, as Bolivia beat Ecuador’s Josue Bermeo and Maria Paz Muñoz, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9. Bolivia defeated Canada in the group stage of play.

Finally, we believe the longest game in World Championship history was played in the Women’s Doubles match between Valeria Centellas and Natalia Mendez of Argentina and Hollie Scott and Kelani Lawrence of the USA. After splitting the first two games of their match, game three when into extra points, and wasn’t decided until they got to 20-18! Argentina won that game, and went on to win the match in four games, 8-11, 11-9, 20-18, 11-4.

Semi-final day begins at 11 AM CDT on Wednesday. Check out the IRF Facebook page or the IRF YouTube channel for live streaming of matches.

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

Men’s Doubles - Tuesday

First round

Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (ECU) d. Edwin Galicia & Christian Wer (GUA), 8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-8, 11-8
Yandy Espinosa & Maikel Moyet (CUB) d. Tomas Oyhanart & Diego Garcia (ARG), 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7
Andres Acuña & Sergio Acuña (CRC) d. Ravi Ranjan & Vineet Singh (IND), 11-5, 11-3, 11-3
Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (CHI) d. Hiroshi Shimizu & Yuki Nakano (JAP), 11-4, 14-12, 6-11, 6-11, 12-10


Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (MEX) d. Juan Francisco Cueva & Jose Daniel Ugalde (ECU), 11-7, 11-8, 11-7
Sam Bredenbeck & Charles Pratt (USA) d. Yandy Espinosa & Maikel Moyet (CUB), 11-6, 12-10, 11-5

Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (CAN) d. Andres Acuña & Sergio Acuña (CRC), 11-3, 12-10, 11-8
Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) d. Diego Gatica & Jaime Mansilla (CHI), 11-2, 11-7, 11-5


Alvaro Beltran & Daniel De La Rosa (MEX) v. Sam Bredenbeck & Charles Pratt (USA) - 2 PM
Roland Keller & Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) v. Coby Iwaasa & Samuel Murray (CAN) - 4 PM

Women’s Doubles - Tuesday

First round

Angelica Barrios & Jenny Daza (BOL) d. Paula Mansilla & Carla Muñoz (CHI), 11-6, 11-3, 11-8
Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez (ARG) d. Yurisleidis Araujo & Maria Regla (CUB), forfeit
Ana Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Jose Muñoz (ECU) d. Maiko Sato & Naomi Wakimoto (JAP), 11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6


Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (MEX) d. Angelica Barrios & Jenny Daza (BOL), 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (GUA) d. Cristina Amaya & Maria Paz Riquelme (COL), 11-2, 13-11, 12-10

Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez (ARG) d. Hollie Scott & Kelani Lawrence (USA), 8-11, 11-9, 20-18, 11-4
Frédérique Lambert & Michèle Morissette (CAN) d. Ana Lucia Sarmiento & Maria Jose Muñoz (ECU), 11-5, 11-6, 5-11, 13-11


Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (MEX) v. Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez (GUA) - 3 PM
Frédérique Lambert & Michèle Morissette (CAN) v. Valeria Centellas & Natalia Mendez (ARG) - 5 PM

Mixed Doubles - Tuesday

First round

Rodrigo Salgado Jr. & Carla Muñoz (CHI) d. Harumi Kajino & Michimune Kono (JAP), 11-5, 11-3, 11-4
Josue Bermeo & Maria Paz Muñoz (ECU) d. Yurisleidis Araujo & Maikel Moyet (CUB), forfeit


Rodrigo Montoya & Samatha Salas (MEX) d. Rodrigo Salgado Jr. & Carla Muñoz (CHI), 11-6, 11-5, 11-9
Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (ARG) d. Maria Renee Rodriguez & Juan Salvatierra (GUA), 11-8, 11-9, 12-10

Frédérique Lambert & Samuel Murray (CAN) d. Michelle De La Rosa & Alejandro Landa (USA), 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5
Jenny Daza & Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) d. Josue Bermeo & Maria Paz Muñoz (ECU), 11-7, 11-9, 11-9

Semi-finals - Wednesday

Rodrigo Montoya & Samatha Salas (MEX) v. Valeria Centellas & Diego Garcia (ARG) - 6 PM
Jenny Daza & Conrrado Moscoso (BOL) v. Frédérique Lambert & Samuel Murray (CAN) - 6 PM

Follow the bouncing ball…..

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