The World Racquetball Tour’s first time in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 2016 WRT Rocky Mountain Open was a monumental event full of intense matches and a first-time champion.
Jaime Martell won his first ever WRT Title at the Sports Mall on Sunday, November 6th. Going into the tournament Martell was the number four seed, which meant he would have to face the number one player on the tour, Alex Cardona in the semi finals. Martell and Cardona have faced off countless times and in the moment that mattered most Martell defeated the top player in two tough games (15-13, 15-12) to seal his fate in the finals.
On the other half of the draw, David Bobby Horn upset number two seed, Andree Parrilla in a nail biting semi final (15-14, 9-15, 11-10). Horn and Martell were evenly matched opponents and it was anyone’s guess as to who would be the 2016 WRT Rocky Mountain Open Champion. Horn won game one 15-12 and Martell answered back in game two matching the score 15-12. As the third game kicked off, Martell took the momentum of his win and scored the first three points to open the tiebreaker. He stuck to his game, stayed mentally focused and defeated Horn 11-6.
Martell has made two previous final appearnace, both in December of last year, the 2015 WRT Monterrey Open and the 2015 Alamo City Open. With his first championship title at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Open, Martell has also moved from number five to number two in the WRT rankings.
Over the last two years Martell’s game has escalated consistently. After he graduated from university at the end of 2015, he became even more dedicated to the life of a full time professional racquetball player. Martell has spent countless months traveling on the Gearbox bus, promoting the sport and playing around the United States. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Martell is from one of the biggest racquetball hotbeds.
In the doubles final, David Bobby Horn and Andree Parrilla defeated Alex Cardona and Gerardo Franco.
Keep watching Jaime Martell on the WRT as we head into our final event of the year on December 2nd at the WRT Alamo City Open. Watch it all on the World Racquetball Tour’s live FREE broadcast at WorldRacquetballTour.com.
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