Sunday, October 29, 2017

Longoria wins twice at 2017 LPRT Boston Open

Paola Longoria - the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) - defeated LPRT #2 Frédérique Lambert to win the 2017 Boston Open in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, but sadly the outcome was due to Lambert’s retirement due to injury, rather than an on court win.

Longoria had won game one, 11-6, when Lambert felt that she couldn’t continue, as she was still feeling the effects of a blow to the head she suffered during a match on Saturday. Lambert had a headache Sunday that was worse than she felt on Saturday.

Longoria also won doubles with Alexandra Herrera, as they defeated Christina Amaya and Adriana Riveros, 15-5, 15-9. It’s the second time in October that Longoria has beaten Amaya and Riveros in an LPRT doubles final, as she and Gabriela Martinez beat them in the US Open final earlier this month.

Longoria and Herrera took the early lead in game one, 5-0, and although Amaya and Riveros cut the lead to 5-3 and then 9-5, Longoria and Herrera never trailed. Herrera got them the game winning point with a drive serve ace down the left side.

In game two, Longoria and Herrera again led early, but only 3-0. Amaya and Riveros had a better response, as they scored seven unanswered points to lead 7-3. But momentum swung back to the Mexicans, as Herrera and Longoria got nine points in a row to lead 12-7. In that nine point run, Amaya and Riveros had three chances to score, but were held off the board. They did get a couple of points before Herrera ended the game and match with a pinch shot from deep on the left side that made it 15-9.

Herrera is left handed, but Amaya and Riveros served to her and Longoria as if they were both right handed. That is, all of Amaya and Riveros’s serves were towards the back corners. None were into the middle, which would have been to the backhands of both Herrera and Longoria.

The next LPRT event will be the Christmas Classic in Laurel, Maryland, December 8-10. If you missed the action from Boston, you can check it out at the LPRT YouTube channel but note that it has been categorized under Torneo Milenio (as of Oct 29).

2017 Boston Open
Boston, Massachusetts - October 27-29, 2017

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria d. 2 Frédérique Lambert, 11-6, injury forfeit

LPRT Doubles - Final - Sunday

1 Paola Longoria & Alexandra Herrera d. 3 Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros, 15-5, 15-9

Follow the bouncing ball….

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