Saturday, August 25, 2018

Martinez makes amazing comeback in quarterfinals of 2018 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience

Gabriela Martinez showed why she is the World Champion in the quarterfinals of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) 2018 Paola Longoria Experience in San Luis Potosi, Mexico Saturday morning, as she went down two games to Nancy Enriquez before coming back to win in five games, 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10. She’ll play Paola Longoria, who beat Maria Jose Vargas, 11-0, 11-4, 11-4.

Enriquez was two points from beating Martinez in three games, as she held a 9-7 lead in game three. But Martinez won four straight points to win that game, 11-9, and extend the match. Then in the tie-breaker Enriquez was within one point of the victory, as she led 10-3. Yet she couldn’t get the last point against Martinez, who hit five backhand winners in fighting her way back into the game.

Then at 10-10, Martinez hit a drive serve to the left side that cracked just over the short line for an ace making it 11-10. She won it with a drive serve ace to the right side to complete an unlikely escape from defeat.

On the other side of the draw, Alexandra Herrera was a straight game winner over Ana Laura Flores, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7. She’ll play Samantha Salas in the semi-finals later today, as Salas beat Frédérique Lambert, 11-4, 11-2, 11-1.

The singles semi-finals are at 5 and 6 PM followed by the doubles semis at 7 and 8 PM. You can watch the action via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow at 3 PM.

2018 LPRT Paola Longoria Experience, August 24-26, 2018
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Quarterfinals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 8) Maria Jose Vargas, 11-0, 11-4, 11-4
13) Gabriela Martinez d. 5) Nancy Enriquez, 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 12-10

3) Alexandra Herrera d. 22) Ana Laura Flores, 11-4, 11-7, 11-7
10) Samantha Salas d. 2) Frédérique Lambert, 11-4, 11-2, 11-1

Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria v. 13) Gabriela Martinez - 6 PM
3) Alexandra Herrera v. 10) Samantha Salas - 5 PM

Doubles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas v. 4) Natalia Mendez & Maria Jose Vargas - 8 PM
2) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia v. 6) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez - 7 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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