Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vargas reaches LPRT United Healthcare US Open final for 1st time

Maria Jose Vargas, the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour's (LPRT's) #3 player, has reached the US Open final for the first time, as she defeated LPRT #2 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3,11-6, 8-11, 11-0, Saturday in the semi-finals of the 2014 United Healthcare US Open Racquetball Championships in Minneapolis. It's Vargas's fourth consecutive final going back to last season, and makes her three for three this season.

Saturday's result will probably move Vargas ahead of Rajsich in the LPRT rankings.

Vargas was in control throughout her match with Rajsich with early leads in all four games. Rajsich came back from 4-1 down in game three to win it, but that seemed like it was only prolonging the inevitable.

That feeling was confirmed in game four, as Vargas scored 11 unanswered points to gain a berth in her first US Open final.

Vargas's opponent Sunday will be the player who's beaten Vargas each time she's reached an LPRT final: Paola Longoria, who defeated 5th Cristina Amaya, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3, in the other semi-final.

Longoria's win extended her winning streak that began in May 2011, and includes the last three US Open Championships. Her career total US Open titles is four, which ties her with Rajsich for most ever. A win Sunday would set Longoria further apart from the rest of the LPRT.

The LPRT final will be 11 AM on Sunday.

2014 United Healthcare US Open
LPRT Singles Draws
Minneapolis - October 8-12, 2014

Semi-finals - Saturday

1 Paola Longoria d. 5 Cristina Amaya, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
3 Maria Jose Vargas d. 2 Rhonda Rajsich, 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 11-0

Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria v. 3 Maria Jose Vargas - 11 AM CDT

Follow the bouncing ball….

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