2011 Mexico Open
Kane takes home the championship!
Rocky’s early lead saw Kane ratcheting up his serve and serve return to go to an 11- 7 win. Kane continued to put pressure on Rocky with his serve and played lights-out the rest of the way, winning the next two games with ease 11-5, 11-1.
You can watch archived footage of 2011 Mexico Open matches on the IRT Network.
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Rocky Carson d Jose Rojas 14-12, 11-8, 11-2
Kane Waselenchuk d Ben Croft 11-1, 11-2, 11-0
Mexico Open Semifinal Match Recaps
#2 Rocky Carson mastered center court and the pace of play, slowing down #6 Jose Rojas’ plan to “kill everything.” Rojas’ couldn’t push his opponent in the second game the way he forced Carson into overtime in the first, as Carson’s momentum accelerated for a wide-margin win in the third for the match 14-12, 11-8, 11-2.
#1 Kane Waselenchuk took out #4 Ben Croft, who switched ranking positions with the new #3 player, Jack Huczek, and his slot in the top half of the draw which comes with the opportunity to play through the sport’s most dominating player ever to hit the hardwood in order to make it into the Final. Waselenchuk demonstrated why he’s ranked #1, serving up aces and frustration. Croft earned 3 technicals and scores of 1, 2, 0 as Waselenchuk continued his winning streak for his spot in the championship on Sunday.
Russ Mannino’s Quarterfinal Match Recaps:
#2 Rocky over #7 Chris Crowther in 3 quick games, 4, 3, 1: Rocky dominated from start never giving Chris anything but shots from 39 feet, Rocky has never lost to Chris on the pro tour and keeps that streak alive with his 22nd win in a row.
#1 Kane Waselenchuk d #9 Charlie Pratt 3, 3, 4; Kane kept his streak alive by easily defeating the new #9 player in the world, bringing his undefeated match winning streak to 106. Pratt did have a good win earlier in the day with a victory over #8 Shane Vanderson.
In the biggest upset of the tournament, #6 Jose Rojas defeated #3 Jack Huczek in five games, 7, (11), (1), 9. 10. This was Jose’s biggest win on tour and should be a big confidence builder for the young phenom from Stockton, Ca.
#4 Ben Croft over #5 Andy Hawthorne in four, 7, 6, (8), 8, a battle of two quick and agile players with Ben winning ugly just making some more forehand shots than Andy.
Round of 16’s results:
#1 seed Kane Waslenchuk d #17 seed Daniel De La Rosa 8, 0, 2
#9 Charlie Pratt d #8 Shane Vanderson 7, 6, 7
#5 Andy Hawthorne d #12 Tony Carson (2), (10), 5, 7, 9
#4 Ben Croft d #13 Javier Moreno 2, 7, 3
#6 Jose Rojas d #11 Juan Herrera 3, 6, 4
#7 Chris Crowther d #10 Anthony Herrera 5, 1, (9), 7
#2 Rocky Carson d #15 Mike Orr 1, (7) 3, 4
#3 Jack Huczek d #19 Arthur Schmeiser 2, 1, 6
The IRT travels south of the border for the 2011 Mexico Open at Racquetball Rio, a club owned by former Mayor Jorge Ramos in tourist-friendly Tijuana. Top pros will compete for the title and the challenge of derailing #1 ranked Kane Waselenchuk’s record breaking winning streak.
The Kane Train has rolled through 100 consecutive winning matches, with players like Jack Huckez and Rocky Carson picking off a game or two in the process. Most recently, #2-ranked Rocky Carson pushed for the San Diego Open title in February, taking games two and three from Waselenchuk only to suffer a donut in the forth. The world’s two top professionals fought for the fifth, exchanging rallies down to the last two points, with Waselenchuk holding on to take the tiebreaker 12-10. This, on the heels of another tough five-game loss in the finals during the Lawler Sports Pro/Am in Terre Haute, IN, has Carson hungry to put his new power game to the test and take a best of five final from the (so far) unstoppable champ.
The #3 seed, Jack Huczek, who, by playing steady and consistent ball, recently passed Ben Croft in the season-to-date rankings, will now have to play through Carson instead of Waselenchuk to make it to Sunday.
In a game where no player is given a free past to the finals, and upstarts like Tony Carson and International Racquetball Tour (IRT) referee Charlie Pratt have made quarterfinal appearances during this 2011-2012 IRT Season, the action is sure to be fierce and the caliber of play outstanding. You can watch all of the action beginning April 8 at 11:30 am PST on the IRT Network.