Andree Parrilla seized his second WRT Title last week after knocking out ten time titlist Polo Gutierrez in the finals of the 2016 WRT Atlanta Open.
The 20 year old played to his game all weekend long, starting out in round 16s when Parrilla defeated Teobaldo Fumero from Costa Rica 15-7, 15-13 to push through to the quarter finals.
Quarter finals posed a challenge for No. 4 Parrilla when he faced No. 5 Jaime Martell. Parrilla was able to keep his mental focus despite Martell’s comeback in game two. Parrilla persevered in three games for the win 15-4, 11-15, 11-4.
Later that evening the San Luis Potosi native had to face the WRT 2015 year-end champion and current No. 1 on tour, Alex Cardona. In the history of the WRT, these two players had met up seven times before, with only one previous win for Parrilla at the 2014 Juarez Grand Slam in the early rounds. This time, two years later, Parrilla defeated Cardona to secure his place in the finals.
The humidity broke and the clouds split open early on Sunday at Recreation ATL as Andree Parrilla prepared to battle No. 9 Polo Gutierrez. This was the first time these two players faced each other against on the World Racquetball Tour. Both players were matched in playing style, traditionally playing a tactical and accurate game and not relying on power. The finalists exceeded expectations. It was a fun game with a lot of retrieving, accuracy and heart. Parrilla didn’t allow Gutierrez to be as consistent as usual which led the young player to defeat Gutierrez in two tight games with final scores of 15-11 and 15-14.
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