Sunday, January 27, 2013

LPRT 2013 Wilson Tour of Hope - Semi-finals

Once again it will be #1 versus #2 in a Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour (LPRT) event final, as Paola Longoria and Rhonda Rajsich will face-off in the Wilson Tour for Hope final in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday. Paola Longoria has held the advantage over Rajsich since May 2011, when Rajsich last beat Longoria.

In the semi-finals, Longoria defeated Grace Hughes, 11-2, 11-5, 11-2, while Rajsich beat Susana Acosta in five games, 1-11, 11-1, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10.

In the Rajsich-Acosta match, Acosta was up 10-6 in the fifth game, when Rajsich staged a comeback. Acosta called a time out late in the game, when she thought it was 10-10, but the referee had the score at 11-10 in Rajsich's favour. In following along, we thought the score went from 10-8 to 10-10, in that it seemed that Rajsich was given two points for one rally late in the game.

But we can't be certain if that's what happened, although in her post match statement Acosta mentioned how she thought the score was 10-10 rather than 11-10 when she called the timeout. If a scoring error was made that would be a huge mistake, and would be a contributing factor that kept Acosta from her first career final.

But Acosta did have three match point opportunities and failed to convert them. Rajsich won the match on her first match point opportunity.

The final is Sunday at noon EST, and can be viewed on-line via the LPRT Network.

2013 Wilson Tour for Hope
Cincinnati, Ohio


(note: seeding in parentheses)

1 Paola Longoria d. 12 Grace Hughes, 11-2, 11-5, 11-2
2 Rhonda Rajsich d. 6 Susana Acosta, 1-11, 11-1, 4-11, 11-3, 12-10


1 Paola Longoria v. 2 Rhonda Rajsich

Follow the bouncing ball….

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