2018 LPRT US OPEN RECAP

NINE AT TWENTY THREE 

Paola Longoria made the 23rd UnitedHealthcare US Open

the 9th time she lifted the Championship Cup.

The 23rd UnitedHealthcare US Open didn't disappoint this year. The Open is racquetball's most prestigious event, boasting the largest total prize purse in the sport. More than 720 players from 19 different countries participated in this year’s US OPEN with 1,249 total matches played. For the Ladies Professional Racquetball tour, 40 of the best and most promising women racquetball players in the world were battling in the toughest draw of the season.

World #1 Paola Longoria (Mexico) proved once again that she is currently the best player in the world. She won her 9th US Open Title and it was her 91st professional victory. To put her US Open title in perspective, in 23 US Opens there have been only seven women who have managed to win this prestigious title. Longoria managed to win this year while facing one of the toughest draws she has faced to date. She solidly prevailed over two players who had recently bested her in major events as well as facing very tough competition in her earlier rounds.

In the US Open final match, Longoria faced Samantha Salas (Mexico) who currently holds the #3 spot on the LPRT Rankings. This was their second finals meeting for the US Open title. Salas holds two event victories over Longoria, the most recent victory in April 2018. Salas managed to get by the current #2 ranked player, Frederique Lambert in their semifinal match. Samantha missed last year's US Open due to shoulder surgery. Salas came back strong late last season and carried that momentum over to this year's US Open Championship.

Photos: LPRT US Open Singles Final 

Paola Longoria vs Samantha Salas

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Video: 2018 UnitedHealthcare US Open LPRT Singles Championship Highlights

 Semifinalists

• Gaby Martinez (Guatemala) at 19 years old is the winner of the IRF's 2018 World Championships that were held in Costa Rica. She faced Paola Longoria in that final and prevailed. This was her second time making a final match at the US Open. Last year she won the Doubles Championship, partnering with Paola Longoria. This year, she met Longoria in the singles semifinal and came up short. Nevertheless, her performance at this year's Open currently lands this promising player at the #10 on the LPRT Rankings.

• Frederique Lambert (Canada) is the LPRT's current #2 ranked player and a finalist at last year's US Open. Lambert made the semifinal opportunity by getting a solid victory over Yazmine Sabja, who has a winning head-to-head record against Frederique. This season, Lambert is in a fight to hold on to her #2 position and her semifinal finish keeps her in that spot for now.

Photos: LPRT US Open Semifinal 

Paola Longoria vs Gaby Martinez

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Photos: LPRT US Open Semifinal 

Samantha Salas vs Frederique Lambert

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 Quarterfinalists

• Natalia Mendez (Argentina) has been steadily performing on tour for the last two seasons. Her quarterfinal appearance keeps her in the top of the LPRT Rankings at #8.

• Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) is quietly holding on to top spots in the LPRT Rankings. After this year's Open, she is sitting on the #4 and #3 ranks in Singles and Doubles respectively.

• Rhonda Rajsich (USA) is a 4-Time US Open Champion. This former number #1 player in the world finds herself currently at #7 in the LPRT Rankings.

• Yazmine Sabja (Bolivia) is a known player internationally. This year Sabja placed a Quarterfinal finish and a Semifinal Doubles Finish at the Open. She recently returned to professional play after leaving for a time to raise a family. She could be a top 10 threat on the LPRT in the near future.

LPRT Doubles

Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas teamed up again to grab their 3rd US open Doubles Title.​ The met Mexican National Team members Alexandra Herrera and Montse Mejia. This is Longoria and Salas's second US Open Doubles Championship title together and 4th for Paola.

For Alexandra Herrera and Montse Mejia who are the current Mexican National Doubles Champions, this was their second finals appearance at the US Open together. 

Photos: LPRT US Open Doubles Final 

Paola Longoria / Samantha Salas vs Alexandra Herrera / Monste Mejia

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Photos: LPRT US Open Doubles SemiFinals

Paola Longoria / Samantha Salas vs Nancy Enriquez / Yazmine Sabja

Alexandra Herrera / Montse Mejia vs Angelica Barrios (Bolivia) / Jenny Daza (Bolivia)

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A HUGE thank you to Doug Ganim and his US Open Staff, as well as all the sponsors involved, for working so hard on this event. The sport's biggest Grand Slam is truly an awesome experience. 

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Photos: Top left: Doug Ganim with Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Marketing Officer, UnitedHealthcare, Top right: Andrew Mackenzie and Melvin Tennant, CEO, Meet Minneapolis, Bottom left: Longoria, Mackenzie and Salas

Photos: More of the LPRT at the US Open

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