Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), has reached the finals of both singles and doubles at the New Jersey Open in Warren, New Jersey, but her opponent in the singles final is a surprise, as 6th seed Cristina Amaya upset 2nd seed Frédérique Lambert, 11-9, 5-11, 11-3, 11-1, to reach an LPRT final for only the second time in her career.
Amaya's last appearance in the final was in Toluca, Mexico, where she lost to Longoria. Interestingly, Amaya also beat Lambert in the semis to get the Toluca final.
On the doubles side, Longoria and Gabriella Martinez will face Rhonda Rajsich and Sheryl Lotts in the final. In the semi-finals, Longoria and Martinez beat Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-13, 15-2, while Rajsich and Lotts defeated 7th seeds Susana Acosta and Kelani Bailey, 15-8, 15-11.
The singles final will be Sunday at 11 and doubles final at noon. All times are EST. Matches can be viewed via the LPRT Network LiveSteam channel.
LPRT New Jersey Open
March 3-5, 2017, Warren, New Jersey
Quarterfinals (seedings) - Saturday
1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Carla Muñoz, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3
4) Rhonda Rajsich d. 5) Alexandra Herrera, 11-7, 11-6, 11-2
6) Cristina Amaya d. 14) Sheryl Lotts, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4
2) Frédérique Lambert d. 10) Adriana Riveros, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5
Semi-finals (seedings) - Saturday
1) Paola Longoria d. 4) Rhonda Rajsich, 11-1, 11-6, 11-8
6) Cristina Amaya d. 2) Frédérique Lambert, 11-9, 5-11, 11-3, 11-1
Final (seedings) - Sunday
1) Paola Longoria v. 6) Cristina Amaya - 11 AM
LPRT Doubles - Semi-finals Saturday
1) Paola Longoria & Gabriela Martinez d. 5) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-13, 15-2
6) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich d. 7) Susana Acosta & Kelani Bailey, 15-8, 15-11
LPRT Doubles - Final Sunday
1) Paola Longoria & Gabriela Martinez v. 6) Sheryl Lotts & Rhonda Rajsich - Noon
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