Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 WRT Paola Longoria Challenge - Preview

The World Racquetball Tour (WRT) has the second of back to back events this weekend in Chihuahua, Mexico with the Paola Longoria Challenge. The WRT was in San Luis Potosi last weekend for the Torneo Interacional Canel’s WRT event, which was won by Alejandro Landa, who beat Jake Bredenbeck in the final.

Landa was seeded 6th last weekend, and despite the win he is 6th again this weekend. So much the worse for those on the bottom of the draw, especially 2nd seed Alejandro Cardona and 3rd seed David Horn. Landa has won 9 of the 12 WRT events he has entered.

Rodrigo Montoya is the top seed in Chihuahua, and he will want to do better than he did last week in San Luis Potosi, as he lost his quarterfinal match to Bredenbeck, because he failed to show up on time. A shocking result that should have him staying courtside throughout the weekend. Montoya and Bredenebck could meet in the quarters this week also, as Bredenbeck is seeded 8th.

Also notable in the draw is veteran Javier Moreno, who is seeded 22nd, and will play Mauricio Zelada in the Round of 16. Moreno, a left-hand player, is one of the reigning World Champions in Men’s Doubles - winning the title for the fourth time in his career last year with Alvaro Beltran in Cali, Colombia, and he’s playing doubles with Landa this weekend, so they could be the team to beat, despite being seeded 3rd.

Montoya and Andree Parrilla are the top seeds in doubles with Cardona and Erick Sandoval the 2nd seeds. The young team of Christian Longoria and Gerardo Franco are the 4th seeds.

You can view the action live from Chihuahua starting with the quarterfinals from 1 PM Friday via the WRT website. Note the semi-finals will be at 3 and 4 PM Saturday with the final Sunday at noon.

2017 WRT, Chihuahua, Mexico June 15-18, 2017

Singles - Round of 64

1) Rodrigo Montoya - BYE
32) Javier Estrada v. 33) Alejandro Mendoza

17) Erik Garcia - BYE
16) Daniel Neri - BYE

9) Christian Longoria - BYE
24) Alan Natera - BYE

25) Juan Loreto - BYE
8) Jake Bredenbeck - BYE

5) Jaime Martell - BYE
28) Juan De Los Rios - BYE

21) Ruben Estrada - BYE
12) Javier Mar - BYE

13) Sebastian Fernandez - BYE
20) Eduardo Garay - BYE

29) Alfonso Luna v. 36) Alvaro Maldonado
4) Andree Parrilla - BYE

3) David Horn - BYE
30) Sebastian Longoria v. 36) Humberto Natera

19) Rodrigo Rodriguez - BYE
14) Erick Sandoval - BYE

11) Mauricio Zelada - BYE
22) Javier Moreno - BYE

27) Johan PiƱa - BYE
6) Alejandro Landa - BYE

7) Gerardo Franco - BYE
26) Erick Cuevas Fernandez - BYE

23) David Ortega - BYE
10) Luis Avila - BYE

15) Ernest Ochoa - BYE
18) Daniel Maldonado - BYE

31) Rogelio Castillo v. 34) Homar Prieto
2) Alejandro Cardona - BYE

Doubles - Round of 16

1) Rodrigo Montoya & Andree Parrilla - BYE
8) Eduardo Garay & Javier Mar v. 9) Javier Estrada & Alan Natera

5) Luis Avila & Sebastian Fernandez - BYE
4) Gerardo Franco & Christian Longoria - BYE

3) Alejandro Landa & Javier Moreno - BYE
6) Rafael Filippini & Mauricio Zelada v. 11) Sebastian Longoria & Juan Loreto

7) Ruben Estrada & Ernest Ochoa v. 10) Daniel Maldonado & Homar Prieto
2) Alejandro Cardona & Erick Sandoval - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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