Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy 23rd Birthday Paola Longoria!

In your brief time on the planet, you've become one of the world's best women's racquetball players. You regained the #1 ranking on the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) tour last season by going undefeated. Only two other women have been undefeated in a season: Lynn Adams (1985-86) and Michelle Gould (1995-96, 1997-98).*

You've won two US Opens, four Pan American Championships, and gold medals in singles, doubles (with Samantha Salas) and the women's team event at the 2012 Pan American Games. You also won doubles (with Salas) at the 2010 International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships. Your 22 pro wins put you 5th all time behind Adams (45), Gould (41), Cheryl Gudinas (39) and Rhonda Rajsich (25).

Only one title has eluded you: a singles world championship. But you'll have the chance to put that on your resumé next month in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the 2012 IRF World Championships.

It would make a nice belated birthday gift.

(* Note: TRB's all time women's pro statistics are incomplete)

Follow the bouncing ball....

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