30th Pan American Games Racquetball tournament; live on Facebook
You may not have known this, but Racquetball is in the Pan Am games, which are going on right now in Costa Rica. The preliminary rounds are done and the main singles and doubles draws are set.
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Looking at the Men's Singles draw, the seeds go Mar, Horn, Landa, Pratt, Moscoso, Green, Acuna, and Murray. Assuming the first rounds go to chalk, here's some discussion on the possible Men's quarters: * I see a 1-8 Mar-Murray match as a barn burner; Mar is the defending Mexican champ but Murray has been playing IRT full time this year and looks great. * I don't see much upset potential in the 2-7, 3-6, 4-5 matchups. * I think a 2-3 matchup of Horn and Landa could be awesome; they absolutely don't like each other. They've played 6 times that I can tell on either IRT or WRT and Landa is 6-0, but nearly every game is a tiebreaker or extended match.
* I can't see Mar getting upset before the final; Pratt is playing well but not to Mar's level. * I predict a Mexican Nationals final rematch between Mar and Landa and have no reason to think Mar won't prevail again.
On the women's side, its kind of anti-climactic since nobody has beaten Paola Longoria in so long. But her eventual finals opponent could be any one of a handful of competitors.
* #2 Rajsich may have to face teammate Sharon Jackson in the round of 16 and might have her hands full.
* #3 Salas will have a tough match in the quarters against Sudsy-coached #6 Sotomayer (assuming seeds hold) * On the top, I could easily see #12 seed Munoz making the semis and upsetting #5 Daza and #4 Mendez. * I predict another all-Mexican final, Longoria over her doubles partner Salas in a 1-3 matchup.
The matches are being streamed on Facebook; find "international racquetball federation" and follow them to get their Facebook Live notifications.
Racquetball isn't in the olympics, so this is essentially the highest international competition out there for the sport.
(apologies for formatting; i can't get Reddit to take the bullet point formatting for some reason).
Submitted April 11, 2017 at 11:07AM by toddboss
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