WPH Outdoor May Shootout
Las Vegas, NV, WPH Press, 5/14/17- Sunday featured the WPH Outdoor number one and two pros squaring off in the singles final and teaming up in the doubles final, as well as 9-time national singles champion David Chapman appearing in his first WPH Outdoor 40+ singles final.
Timbo Gonzalez entered Sunday’s pro final having survived four match points in a semifinal thriller, while WPH Outdoor #1 Samzon Hernandez cruised to the final without dropping a game. Hernandez was appearing in his fourth singles final of the season in four events and in search of his second title, while Gonzalez was appearing in his second final of the season in search of his first title. The pair met in two finals in Las Vegas previously, with Hernandez defeating Gonzalez in their two previous Vegas encounters at the WPH 3WallBall Royal Flush final in February and the 2014 Vegas 3WallBall Lte.
Samzon and Timbo played exceptional handball throughout the grueling final, with both superstars sacrificing their bodies on the 120-degree concrete on multiple occasions. Hernandez was able to escape with a first-game victory, crossing the finish line with a patented left-handed kill. Gonzalez appeared to be in dire straights, trailing 6-9 in game two, but as he has done on so many occasions on the WPH Outdoor tour, Gonzalez summoned his best handball when he needed it most. “I knew Samzon was tired because I could hear him breathing so I just kept pushing,” stated Gonalez. Gonzalez caught Hernandez at 13 and forced a decider with a 15-13 win.
Gonzalez started quickly in the tiebreaker, overwhelming Hernandez with pressure, speed, and power to build a 7-1 lead. With Gonzalez leading 11-5, Hernandez started his comeback. “What makes Samzon so tough is that he just plays harder and better when he’s down,” stated WPH Outdoor #1 Tanisha Groomes watching from court side. Gonzalez missed three consecutive drive shots down the left line by a combined three inches, while watching helplessly as Samzon rolled out three shots right in front of him, narrowing his lead to 11-10. “Samzon does this really good stuff with his wrists when he gets down that just makes the ball die and that’s what was happening during that comeback,” stated Gonzalez. Gonzalez regrouped with a timeout and closed out the WPH Outdoor #1 for his second consecutive Vegas Lte title. “This is really my dream, to have beat Sean Lenning in 3-Wall small ball and Santos and Samzon in 3-Wall big ball singles,” stated Gonzalez.
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