Sunday, October 6, 2013

2013 US Open - Longoria wins 4th women's pro title

Paola Longoria won her fourth US Open title as she beat Rhonda Rajsich in the final of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) division, 11-4, 11-1, 11-7, Sunday at the 2013 United Healthcare US Open in Minneapolis. The win ties her for most US Open titles by a woman with Rajsich, who's also won four times - twice against Longoria.

Longoria's now won the last three US Opens.

After losing games one and two by wide margins, you could have excused Rajsich for giving in game three. But that's not the kind of player she is, and even when down 4-0 in game three kept working.

It paid off as she scored five straight points to lead 5-4. They then went back and forth to 7-7. They played a few rallies at that score before Longoria scored two points to make it 9-7. A timeout by Rajsich changed nothing, as Longoria scored again to bring up match point.

Rajsich stopped her first match point, but Longoria made good on match point #2.

The win gives Longoria 90 consecutive women's pro match victories in Tier 1 or Grand Slam events dating back to May 2011.

The next LPRT event will be the Christmas Classic in Arlington, Virginia December 6-8.

2013 United Healthcare US Open Championships, Minneapolis, Minnesota

LPRT Finals - Sunday (with seeding)

1 Paola Longoria d. 2 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-4, 11-1, 11-7

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