Sunday, October 12, 2014

Longoria wins record setting 5th US Open

Paola Longoria won her fifth US Open title Sunday as she defeated Maria Jose Vargas, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8, in the final of the 2014 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis. Longoria's five titles are the most ever for a woman, one more than Rhonda Rajsich.

Longoria, the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour's (LPRT's) #1 player, now has a 5-2 record in US Open finals, while Vargas, the LPRT's #3 player, was in her first final.

Longoria was in control in game one, as she led 9-2, before closing it out at 11-5. Longoria started game two with two drive serve aces - one to the left and one to the right. She ended game two at 11-3 in the same way: two aces. Both of those were to the right side, Vargas's forehand.

In game three, Longoria was up 5-2 early, and looked like she would cruise to her 5th title. But Vargas dug in, and tied it at 5-5. Then she went ahead 8-6, and it looked like a fourth game was a possibility.

But Longoria regained the serve, and never gave it up, scoring five straight points to win her fifth title.

2014 United Healthcare US Open
Minneapolis - October 12, 2014

LPRT Singles Final

1 Paola Longoria d. 3 Maria Jose Vargas, 11-5, 11-3, 11-8

Follow the bouncing ball….

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