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The Racquetball Blog Discusses Quarterfinals at 2017 IRT Atlanta Open

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This article appeared on November 4, 2017.


Kane Waselenchuk, the #1 player on the International Racquetball Tour (IRT), continued his journey to another tournament title with a win over Mario Mercado, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2, in the quarterfinals of the Atlanta Pro-Am in Lilburn, Georgia. Waselenchuk will play Alejandro Landa in the semi-finals, as Landa outlasted Alvaro Beltran, 11-9, 11-0, 6-11, 9-11, 15-13, in what was a very long match. The fifth game alone was over 30 min.

The quarters began with a five set match with Sebastian Franco coming out on top against Jake Bredenbeck, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10. Franco was up 7-1 in the fifth game only to see Bredenback come back and then go head and reach 10 first. That forced Franco to fight off two match points at 10-8 and 10-9 before pulling out the W at 12-10 with a backhand from middle court to the left side.

Bredenbeck played 14 games over 3 matches in singles, as well as a tie-breaker in his doubles match last night.

In the other quarter, Rocky Carson defeated Felipe Camacho in three straight games, 11-3, 11-7, 11-4. Carson and Franco will play in the other semi-final.

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