Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mexico wins women's doubles at 2012 Pan American Championships

Mexicans Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas successfully defended their women's doubles title at the XXV Pan American Championships in Temuco, Chile by defeating Bolivians Jenny Daza and Carola Loma, 15-6, 9-15, 11-7, in Saturday's final. The win is Salas's third Pan Am Championship in women's doubles as she also won in 2010 with Susana Acosta.

After losing game one, the Bolivians found themselves down in game two 6-2 and 9-7. But then they went on a run and scored eight straight points to force a tie-breaker. Loma was using her backhand to serve high z lobs to Longoria while Daza served lobs right along the right wall to Salas.

The tie-breaker was close, and Bolivia stuck with the same serving strategy. They got the first two points, but Mexico got the next four to make it 4-2. Then they were tied at 4-4 and again at 7-7, before Mexico put a few points together and held Bolivia at 7 to win 11-7.

Longoria's wins in doubles and singles in Temuco put her in a tie for second most Pan American titles by a woman with American Michelle Gould (4 singles & 2 doubles). Jackie Paraiso (USA) has 10 Pan Am titles (1 singles & 9 doubles).

XXV Pan American Championships
April 2012 - Temuco, Chile

Women's Doubles - Final

Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas (Mexico) d. Jenny Daza & Carola Loma (Bolivia), 15-6, 9-15, 11-7

Follow the bouncing ball....

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