Saturday, October 1, 2022

Longoria goes for title #12 at the 2022 US Open

Paola Longoria, the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT), will have a chance to win her 12th US Open - and 11th consecutive - on Sunday, as she defeated 5th seed Jessica Parrilla, 15-4, 15-5, in the semifinals of the 2022 USA Racquetball US Open at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Third seed Erika Manilla will be Longoria’s opponent in the final, as she beat LPRT #2 Alexandra Herrera, 15-6, 15-6, in the other semi-final.

The Longoria/Parrilla semi was pretty straight forward. Longoria went out to a 9-0 lead in game one, and maintained that lead to win 15-4. Game two was similar, as Longoria led 4-0, although in that case Parrilla came back to make it 4-4, and briefly took the lead at 5-4.

That was about all Parrilla would get, however, as Longoria went on to win it 15-5. Parrilla did get to six points at 7-6, but was later assessed a technical penalty 13-6 as a result of excessive complaining to the referee, so her score was reduced to five points.

Manilla and Herrera’s match not as competitive as one would anticipate when the 2nd the 3rd seeds face off. In game one, Herrera got the first three points, only to see Manilla score the next seven. Herrera did get within one at 7-6, but Manilla never relinquished the lead nor did Herrera score any more point, as Manilla won 15-6.

Game two had a similar storyline, as they were tied at 3-3, and then Manilla went up 8-3 on five straight rallies. A Herrera timeout at 7-3 didn’t stop Manilla scoring, and the closest Herrera got was 8-4, as Manilla went on to win it 15-6.

Longoria and Manilla have met at the US Open three times, and six times on tour overall. Longoria has won all of their matches, including in last year’s US Open semi-finals. In that match, an unfortunate incident happened when Longoria hit Manilla with the ball from a short distance.

Hopefully, something like that won’t happen again.

The LPRT singles final will be Sunday at 12:10 PM Central time.

You can watch the US Open LPRT action from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis by going to the LPRT YouTube channel or their Facebook page.

2022 US Open - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
September 28-October 2, 2022

LPRT Singles - Semi-finals - Saturday

1) Paola Longoria d. 5) Jessica Parrilla, 15-4, 15-5
3) Erika Manilla d. 2) Alexandra Herrera, 15-6, 15-6

LPRT Singles - Final - Sunday

1) Paola Longoria v. 3) Erika Manilla - 12:10 PM

Follow the bouncing ball…..

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