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Carroll entered the 2019 Great Gorilla Open as the defending champion, having defeated Lenning in two games in the 2018 Great Gorilla final. Lucho Cordova finished third in last year’s Great Gorilla Open and was aiming to rediscover the form that saw him overcome Carroll and Danos en route to his first R48 title three months ago in Atlanta.
The K train continued his assault on the game’s top players, defeating Lucho Cordova in the semifinals for the fourth consecutive time since losing to the Juarez legend at October’s Atlanta R48 8 to advance to the Gorilla final.
Lenning started hot in the final, blitzing the K Train 21-9, using his full arsenal of offensive shots to stun the R48 #1. Carroll grinded in game two, extending rallies and executing offensive opportunities to fight off Lenning’s bid for a straight sets final.
The tiebreaker was a thrilling shootout, with both players in top form. Lenning served for the championship at 10-2 but could not close out Carroll, who survived by the slimmest of margins to defend the Gorilla title.
Round of 8
Carroll def Arm. Ibarra 21-1, 21-0
L. Cordova def Iglesias 21-15, 21-14
D. Cordova def Barber 21-9, 21-7
Lenning def Montijo 21-15, 15-21, 11-1
Carroll def L. Cordova 21-9, 21-9
Lenning def D. Cordova 21-10, 13-21, 11-2
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