Saturday, April 7, 2012

Longoria wins her 4th Pan American Championship

Mexican Paola Longoria won her fourth Pan American Championship title in what was an anti-climactic final at the XXV Pan American Championships in Temuco, Chile. The anti-climax came about because Frédérique Lambert - Longoria's opponent in the final - withdrew due to injury in game one with Longoria ahead 12-0.

Longoria won the chance to serve first, and using lob serves only got out to a 5-0 lead before Lambert served. But Longoria got the serve right back and scored another five points before Lambert got a second chance to serve.

Again Longoria got the serve back, and scored a couple more points.

At that point, Lambert who hadn't looked especially distressed or especially energetic took a time out and decided to go no further.

Lambert has had chronic issue with her right shoulder and that appeared to be reason for her withdrawal.

Longoria's won the women's singles title at the Pan American Championships in each even numbered year since 2006. Her fourth title ties her for most all time by a woman with Americans Cheryl Gudinas (1994, 1997, 2001, 2009) and Michelle Gould (1988, 1990, 1991, 1998).

XXV Pan American Championships
April 2012 - Temuco, Chile

Women's Singles - Final

Paola Longoria (Mexico) d. Frédérique Lambert (Canada), 12-0, injury forfeit

Follow the bouncing ball....

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