MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The buzz surrounding the Men's Open Semifinals reached a fever-pitch on Friday morning. The day's first contest between Killian Carroll and Robbie McCarthy was a marquee match-up many had waited to see: Carroll, the two-time defending USHA Nationals champion against a confident McCarthy who looked dominant throughout these World Championships.
McCarthy jumped all over Carroll to start, building a 8-0 lead before Carroll could even get on the scoreboard. Carroll would answer with his own 8-1 run, tailing 8-9. McCarthy seemed unfazed and would pull away and take the first game 21-13.
In the second game, Carroll dictated the pace and forced the tiebreaker by the identical score, 21-13.
A coin toss decided who would get the serve in the tiebreaker, and Carroll capitalized on this chance, winning 11-3.
All the excitement from the first match was soon quelled by the stunning news from the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA): Paul Brady could not play due to the ankle injury suffered the day before. There would be no 2013 Des Moines USHA National Finals rematch, as the forfeit would move Martin Mulkerrins into the final. This was truly a devastating blow to the five-time champion who looked flawless up to Friday's semifinal.
Killian Carroll and Martin Mulkerrins will play in tomorrow's Men's Open Singles Four-Wall final (11 a.m. Central).
All top-4 Women's seeds advanced to the semifinals on Friday. See Saturday's broadcast details for more information.
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Saturday, August 18
11:00 a.m. - Men’s Open Singles Final: Martin Mulkerrins (IRE) vs Killian Carroll (IRE)
12:00 p.m. - Women’s Open Singles Semifinal: Martina McMahon (IRE) vs Aisling Reilly (North of IRE)
1:00 p.m. - Women’s Open Singles Semifinal: Catriona Casey (IRE) vs Ciana Ni Churraoin (IRE)
2:00 p.m. - Men’s Doubles Semifinals: Ortiz/Perez vs Nash/McCarthy
3:00 p.m. - Men’s Doubles Semifinals: Mulkerrins/Carroll vs Lenning/Chavez
Watch LIVE matches from the WPH broadcast HERE.
See the day's results and draws HERE.