Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2016 United Healthcare US Open - LPRT Singles Qualifying

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) qualifiers have begun at the 2016 United Healthcare US Open, and already there's been a five game tie-breaker, as Youngock Lee held off Michèle Morissette, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 2-11, 13-11. Lee claims the Q8 spot in the draw with the win, so she'll play LPRT #1 Paola Longoria on Thursday.

A second tie-breaker happened in a battle of international veterans with Jenny Daza of Bolivia coming back from two games down to defeat Maiko Sato of Japan, 2-11, 11-13, 11-1, 11-5, 11-8. Daza will play Regina Franco in the second round of qualifying with the winner to go against Samantha Salas in the Round of 32.

In the second round of qualifying, Janel Tisinger and Lucia Gonzalez played a match that will surely be close to the most points in a match season, as Tisinger managed to pull it out in five games, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9. After winning the fourth game, Gonzalez stormed out to a 7-0 lead in the fifth game.

But Tisinger stopped the bleeding, as they exchanged sideouts. Then she started to score points as she switched to a variety of soft serves to Gonzalez's backhand. Earlier in the match, Tisinger was using a drive right as her first serve. The switch did the trick, as Tisinger came back to win.

The LPRT will have two rounds on Thursday: the Round of 32 in the morning and then the Round of 16 in the afternoon. The quarterfinals will be Friday with the semi-finals on Saturday, and the LPRT final of the 2016 UnitedHealthcare US Open will be Sunday at 10 AM at the Life Time Athletic Target Center club in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2016 UnitedHealthcare US Open
Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 5-9, 2016

LPRT Singles Qualifying
- Wednesday

Round 1

Hollie Scott d. Kelly Gremley, 11-4, 11-1, 11-1
Samantha Simmons d. Donna Ryder, 11-6, 11-6, 11-0

Janel Tisinger d. Jazmin Trevino, 11-1, 11-5, 11-3
Jenny Daza d. Maiko Sato, 2-11, 11-13, 11-1, 11-5, 11-8

Ana Jungeon d. Robin Whitmire, 11-6, 11-0, 11-8
Erika Manilla d. Jin Young Seok, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7

Linda Tyler d. Malhee Kwon, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 11-8

Round 2

Q1: Hollie Scott d. Monserrat Perez, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8
Q8: Youngock Lee d. Michèle Morissette, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 2-11, 13-11

Q5: Natalia Mendez d. Samantha Simmons, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6
Q4: Janel Tisinger d. Lucia Gonzalez, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9

Q3: Jenny Daza d. Regina Franco, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, 13-11
Q6: Eleni Guzman d. Ana Jungeon, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4

Q7: Erika Manilla d. Cheryl Gudinas, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3
Q2: Maritza Franco d. Linda Tyler, 11-2, 11-6, 11-8

LPRT Singles Round of 32 - Thursday

1 Paola Longoria v. Youngock Lee
16 Monserrat Mejia v. 17 Carolina Rivera

9 Susana Acosta v. 24 Laura Brandt
8 Carla Muñoz v. Hollie Scott

5 Jessica Parrilla v. Janel Tisinger
12 Adrianne Haynes v. 21 Jessica Maldonado

13 Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 20 Cecilia Pratt
4 Alexandra Herrera v. Natalia Mendez

3 Rhonda Rajsich v. Eleni Guzman
14 Veronica Sotomayor v. 19 Gabriela Martinez

11 Adriana Riveros v. 22 Jordan Cooperrider
6 Samantha Salas v. Jenny Daza

7 Cristina Amaya v. Maritza Franco
10 Michelle Key v. 23 Sharon Jackson

15 Sheryl Lotts v. 18 Da’monique Davis
2 Frédérique Lambert v. Erika Manilla

Follow the bouncing ball….

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