Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2019 LPRT Syosset Open - Preview

The Syosset Open is the penultimate event of the 2018-19 Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) season, which will be held in Syosset, New York beginning on Friday. Fourteen of the top 15 LPRT players will be in Syosset, but they may all be vying for 2nd place if LPRT #1 Paola Longoria is in the form that she showed the last week at the LPRT Battle at the Alamo in San Antonio, as well last month at the 2019 Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Colombia, where she was a double gold medalist by winning singles and doubles. Longoria won doubles in Barranquilla with LPRT #2 Samantha Salas, who has been Longoria’s biggest rival this season. Salas has finished 2nd behind Longoria six times this season.

Still Longoria’s path to another win looks difficult, as she’ll likely face Monserrat Mejia in the Round of 16, and Mejia defeated Longoria earlier this year at the Mexico National Team Selection Event. Then Longoria will play either Adriana Riveros or Frédérique Lambert, who has beaten Longoria, albeit only once and that was a few years ago. In the semi-finals either Rhonda Rajsich or Alexandra Herrera will likely be waiting for Longoria. But if she does make the final, Longoria will likely be up against either LPRT #2 Salas or #3 Maria Jose Vargas.

The Syosset Open is also an International Racquetball Tour (IRT) event. It’s rare for both the IRT and LPRT to be at the same tournament, so it will be a special weekend. Moreover, they are playing Mixed Pro Doubles in Syosset, which should be fun. There are 20 teams in Pro Mixed Doubles.

The tournament starts Friday morning with the Round of 32. The Round of 16 will be Friday afternoon. The quarterfinals will be Saturday morning (11 AM & Noon) and semi-finals Saturday at 5 PM and 6 PM. The singles final will be Sunday at noon. You can watch the action live via the LPRT website, or the LPRT YouTube channel or its LiveStream channel.

2019 Syosset Open
Syosset, New York - May 2-5, 2019

LPRT Singles - Round of 32 - Friday

1 Paola Longoria - BYE
16 Monserrat Mejia v. 17 Hollie Scott - 11 AM

9 Adriana Riveros - BYE
8 Frédérique Lambert - BYE

5 Rhonda Rajsich - BYE
12 Brenda Laime v. 21 Michèle Morissette - 10 AM

13 Cassi Lee v. 20 Maricruz Ortiz - 10 AM
4 Alexandra Herrera - BYE

3 Maria Jose Vargas - BYE
14 Yazmine Sabja v. 19 Daniela Molina - Noon

11 Masiel Rivera - BYE
6 Natalia Mendez - BYE

7 Nancy Enriquez - BYE
10 Cristina Amaya - BYE

15 Ana Laura Flores v. 18 Cecilia Pratt - 11 AM
2 Samantha Salas - BYE

Follow the bouncing ball….

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