Friday, August 13, 2021

LPRT Round of 16 at 2021 World Singles & Doubles Championships

Three upsets on the bottom half of the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) draw at the 2021 World Singles and Doubles Open Championships in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, just outside Denver, as the 2nd, 6th and 7th seeds lost in the Round of 16.

Brenda Laime, the 15th seed, caused the biggest upset, as she knocked off the 2nd seed Monserrat Mejia, 15-5, 9-15, 11-7. Mejia was looking to win two LPRT events in a row, as she won the last event back in June in Kansas, but that won’t happen now. Thus, Paola Longoria remains the only player to win consecutive LPRT events since Rhonda Rajsich won two in row in September and October 2010.

Laime will play 10th seed Gabriela Martinez quarterfinals, as Martinez defeated 7th seed Angelica Barrios, 15-11, 15-14. Barrios had game point on Martinez at 14-11, but Martinez got the serve back and then ran off four straight points to close the match out in two games.

Eleventh seed Nancy Enriquez got the third upset of the Round of 16, as she defeated 6th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-14, 14-15, 11-0. It often seems that two close games will produce a blowout in the breaker, and this match was just the latest example of that.

Enriquez will face 3rd seed Maria Jose Vargas in the quarters, as Vargas came back from a game down to defeat 19th seed Micaela Meneses, 10-15, 15-7, 11-4.

The LPRT matches continue Friday with the quarterfinals from 3:30 PM on. The semi-finals will be Saturday 9:15 AM and then 12:15 PM with the final Sunday at 11:15 AM. All times are Mountain. Look for the action via the LPRT YouTube channel, as well as the LPRT Facebook page.

World Singles and Doubles Open Racquetball Championships
August 12-15, 2021 - Denver, Colorado

LPRT Singles - Round of 16 - Friday

1) Alexandra Herrera d. 16) Sheryl Lotts, 15-11, 15-3
8) Valeria Centellas d. 9) Rhonda Rajsich, 15-9, 15-4

5) Natalia Mendez d. 12) Carla Muñoz, 15-10, 15-7
4) Samantha Salas d. 13) Cristina Amaya, 15-14, 15-5

3) Maria Jose Vargas d. 19) Micaela Meneses, 10-15, 15-7, 11-4
11) Nancy Enriquez d. 6) Jessica Parrilla, 15-14, 14-15, 11-0

10) Gabriela Martinez d. 7) Angelica Barrios, 15-11, 15-14
15) Brenda Laime d. 2) Monserrat Mejia, 15-5, 9-15, 11-7

LPRT Singles - Quarterfinals - Friday

1) Alexandra Herrera v. 8) Valeria Centellas - 6:30 PM
4) Samantha Salas v. 5) Natalia Mendez - 3:30 PM

3) Maria Jose Vargas v. 11) Nancy Enriquez - 4:30 PM
10) Gabriela Martinez v. 15) Brenda Laime - 5:30 PM

Follow the bouncing ball….

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