Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 Paola Longoria Experience - Preview

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) will play two main events in September on back to back weekends with the first happening this weekend, when the 2016 Paola Longoria Experience will be held in Longoria’s hometown of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Longoria is the LPRT’s #1 ranked player, but she missed the first tournament of the season due to media commitments at the 2016 Summer Olympics, so for the first time since March 2015 someone other than Longoria is trying to win back to back LPRT events.

This weekend Frédérique Lambert, LPRT #3, will be trying to win back to back events, as she’s coming off the first win of her career in early August in Atlanta. To do that Lambert will likely have to defeat Samantha Salas in the quarterfinals, Rhonda Rajsich in the semi-finals and then Longoria in the final.

Notable in their absences are LPRT #4 Maria Jose Vargas and LPRT #8 Sofia Rascon. Vargas also didn’t play in Atlanta.

They’ll also play doubles in San Luis Potosi, where Longoria and Salas are the top seeds with Lambert and Michelle Key as second seeds. Two of the other interesting teams are Adrienne Haynes and Rhonda Rajsich, who are seeded fourth and a junior team of Gabriela Martinez and Monserrat Mejia, the eighth seeds.

You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. Play begins Friday morning in the Round of 32 with the Round of 16 beginning Friday afternoon at 3 PM.

2016 Paola Longoria Experience, September 2-4
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Round of 32 - Singles

1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Gabriela Martinez v. 17) Jessica Maldonado

9) Cristina Amaya - BYE
8) Carla Muñoz - BYE

5) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
12) Adrienne Haynes v. 21) Ana Kristin Rivera

13) Carolina Luque v. 20) Eleni Guzman
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3) Frédérique Lambert - BYE
14) Monserrat Mejia v. 19) Monserrat Perez

11) Adriana Riveros v. 22) Erin Rivera
6) Samantha Salas - BYE

7) Susana Acosta - BYE
10) Michelle Key v. 23) Natalia Mendez

15) Cecilia Pratt v. 18) Ana Laura Flores
2) Rhonda Rajsich - BYE

Quarterfinals - Doubles

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 8) Cecilia Pratt & Adriana Riveros
4) Adrienne Haynes & Rhonda Rajsich v. 5) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado

3) Alexandra Herrera & Jessica Parrilla v. 8) Gabriela Martinez & Monserrat Mejia
2) Michelle Key & Frédérique Lambert v. 7) Cristina Amaya & Carla Muñoz

Follow the bouncing ball….

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