NEW YORK -- The anticipation for a Paul Brady vs. Armando Ortiz rematch reached a fever-pitch leading up to the WPH R48Pro V NYAC Stop. Could Ortiz maintain his form from Houston? Was Brady finally starting to show his age after dominating for more than a decade? Those questions and more were answered by the five-time world champion who served his way to impressive victory over Ortiz in the WPH Pro final 15-11 and 15-5.
Brady never allowed Ortiz to settle, keeping the Southern Californian off-balance and out-of-sync with tough serves. The win gave Brady his third WPH R48Pro V win of the season, and it proved he's still the best handball player on the planet. Against Ortiz, Brady admitted he knew he had to play his best, attributing some "poor decision-making" from his loss in Houston.
"I put a bit of pressure on myself to bounce back." Brady told WPH Reporter Kara Mack after the final. "It's obviously not getting easier. I'm getting older, and they're getting younger." Brady hopes to build on his success with two more stops to go before the USHA Nationals in June.
In the Women's final, Catriona Casey looked sharp as she cruised to a two-game victory over Martina McMahon, 21-11 and 21-6.
See the weekend's results and draws HERE
The World Players of Handball Foundation once again aired pro matches LIVE on ESPN and WatchESPN App.
Images courtesy of World Players of Handball.