MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Killian Carroll is a three-time USHA National Champion and first-time World Champion after defeating Martin Mulkerrins 21-16, 21-18. The finalists and doubles partners put on an amazing show for the gallery through two hard-fought games. In the first game, Carroll never completely pulled away, leaving the outcome in doubt until securing a five-point win. Although he looked good to spectators, the defending champion was none too pleased with his play.
“I was leaving too many setups for Martin,” Carroll said. “That was going to be trouble if it continued.”
The intensity picked up for the second game as Mulkerrins made a push to force a tiebreaker. With the score knotted at 18-18, Carroll pulled away for the final three points.
“At 18-18, someone had to get a break,” Mulkerrins commented. “And Killian got it.”
The win marked the third consecutive National singles crown for Carroll along with his first World Title.
Watch the Men’s Open Final at 11:00 a.m. Central between Martin Mulkerrins and Killian Carroll here: https://www.facebook.com/wphlive/videos/1139628956200884/
You can watch Saturday’s matches LIVE on the following YouTube linkl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YNlumZnX4g