June 2nd, 2006 by Geoff Thomsen
The next round of photo processing includes the Women’s Open Quarterfinal rounds of the 2006 USA Racquetball National Singles Championship in Houston, TX. This was first night better quality photos started turning up, and I learned very quickly that shooting from the side glass is TRICKY with a very limited area on the court to get good shots.
Quarterfinal 1 – Cheryl Gudinas def. Brenda Kyzer (15-7, 15-8)
This match started out fast with Brenda firing shots to keep Cheryl on her toes. Both games started close, with Cheryl’s focus and consistency paying off in end.
Gudinas looks for a cross court pass while
Kyzer rips a backhand to the corner as Gudinas
hurries back into position. Photo: Geoff Thomsen
Quarterfinal 2 – Tammy Brown def. Malia Bailey (15-14, 11-15, 11-4)
Tammy Brown wasted no time turning the power on, but Malia Bailey played every angle on the court to force a tie-break. This was a battle from beginning to end, as Malia tried to keep Tammy on the move and out of position. Tammy seemed to take the momentum when it counted, deep in the tie-break.
Brown blasts a photon from the back court. Photo: Geoff Thomsen
Bailey sends a backhand down the line away
Quarterfinal 3 – Kristen Walsh def. Liz Alvarado (14-15, 15-2, 11-4)
Kristen got a slow start in this match, and Liz took every available opportunity. Kristen found a groove too late, and Liz steals game one 15-14.The rest of the match is all Kristen, with her excellent getting ability and power shooting.
Walsh gets some air to cover the down-the-line pass by Alvarado.
Photo: Geoff Thomsen
Alvarado scrambles back for a pass to catch Walsh in the front court.
Photo: Geoff Thomsen
Quarterfinal 4 – Rhonda Rajsich def. Kersten Hollander (15-11, 15-2)
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This is the first time I see Rhonda playing her new “focused and smart” game. Part way through game one, she goes into the zone and puts an immediate stop to Kersten’s attack. With a game like this, Rhonda could go all the way.
Rajsich proves there’s no safe spot for a pass
Hollander moves in to take advantage as Rajsich scrambles
- 2006 National Singles Photos – Men’s Open Quarterfinals
- Photos – Women’s Semifinals – 2006 National Singles
- 2006 National Singles Photos – Men’s and Women’s Finals
- Photos: 2008 National Singles
- Photos – 2006 National Singles Round of 16 (and misc.)
Entry Filed under: Racquetball Photos,USA Racquetball
Tags: 2006 National Singles, Brenda Kyzer, Cheryl Gudinas Holmes, Kersten Hollander, Kristen Bellows, Liz Alvarado, Malia Bailey, National Singles, Rhonda Rajsich, Tammy Brown