Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2013 Wilson Tour of Hope - Preview UPDATED

The Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour's (LPRT's) first tournament of 2013 is this weekend's Wilson Tour for Hope in Cincinnati, Ohio. Twenty-five players are in the draw, including the top 13 players with the exception of LPRT #3 Krystal Csuk.

Attention will be on LPRT #1 Paola Longoria and whether she can extend her winning streak that began back in May 2011. Longoria's won 13 consecutive tournaments.

But there are other players to watch for, including Maria Jose Vargas, who won the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) U18 Junior Girls Championship last year and has won every open event since then, including in New Jersey, California and New York.

Vargas faces Maria Barron first, and if she wins, she'll be up against veteran Cheryl Gudinas, which could be a very interesting match.

Also, Maiko Sato of Japan, who's currently unranked, has had good results in the past and will face Colombian Cristina Amaya in what should be a good match. The winner will play Jennifer Saunders of Canada or American Kelly Gremley.

Note: the following is an unofficial draw, as we've guessed where the three unranked players will be seeded.

2013 Wilson Tour for Hope
Cincinnati, Ohio

Round of 32

(note: seeding followed by current LPRT rank in parentheses)

1 (1) Paola Longoria BYE
16 (24) Sheryl Lotts v. 17 (27) Carla Munoz

9 (10) Jennifer Saunders v. 23T (NR) Kelly Gremley
8 (9) Cristina Amaya v. 23T (NR) Maiko Sato

5 (6) Adrienne Fisher BYE
12 (13) Grace Hughes v. 21 (38) Lily Berry

13 (17) Laura Brandt v. 20 (32) Masiel Rivera
4 (5) Kerri Wachtel BYE

3 (4) Cheryl Gudinas BYE
14 (20) Maria Jose Vargas v. 19 (29) Marie Barron

11 (12) Da'monique Davis v. 22 (62) Elaine Albrecht
6 (7) Susana Acosta BYE

7 (8) Samantha Salas Solis BYE
10 (11) T. J. Baumbaugh v. 23T (NR) Kimberly Irons

15 (22) Hailey Miller v. 18 (28) Mariana Tobon Gordon
2 (2) Rhonda Rajsich BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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