BOSTON FUNTIME

Paola Longoria takes her 92nd professional win as the LPRT

makes a hit at the 2018 Boston Open.

The 2018 Boston Open presents a hometown feel for the LPRT. Always welcoming, the Latitude Sports Club (Peabody), is an awesome venue for this annual event.

World #1 Paola Longoria (Mexico) proved once again that she is currently the best player in the world. For the three seasons this event has been on the schedule, Longoria has managed to come out on top. With this win, she is 3 for 3 for the 2018-19 LPRT season and her career pro title count is at 92. Paola sets a seriously high bar for the rest of the field.

Samantha Salas (Mexico) stayed true to form with her finals appearance in Boston. She missed last year's event due to shoulder surgery and proved ready to take over the #2 ranking at this event. She had the #2 ranked player, Frederique Lambert on her side of the chart and faced former #2 Maria Jose Vargas early in the draw. Salas started the season of at #11 and has quickly regained her ground in the first 3 events of the LPRT's 2018-19 season. With this finish, Samantha is now in the #2 spot in the rankings.

Photos: LPRT 2018 Boston Open Singles Final 

Paola Longoria vs Samantha Salas

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Video: 2018 LPRT Boston Open Singles Championship Match 

 Semifinalists

• Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) has quietly been holding the #4 ranking for some time now. Herrera seemed to play gate-keeper in the Boston quarterfinals, when she stopped #5 ranked player Nancy Enriquez, who has been rising in the ranks recently.

• Former World #1 Rhonda Rajsich (USA) is always a threat within the elite group on the LPRT. She managed  an upset when she got by #2 Frederique Lambert in her quarterfinal match. Rajsich remains in the top 8 on the tour.

Video: 2018 LPRT Boston Open Pro Singles Semifinal Match

Paola Longoria vs Alexandra Herrera

Video: 2018 LPRT Boston Open Pro Singles Semifinal Match

Samantha Salas vs Rhonda Rajsich 

 Quarterfinalists

• Natalia Mendez (Argentina) has been steadily performing on tour for the last two seasons. She showed some of her true potential in Boston when she managed to take a game from Paola Longoria in the quarterfinals. Her result in Boston keeps her in the top of the LPRT Rankings at #8.

• Nancy Enriquez (Mexico) stepped into the top rankings last season and is holding the #5 rank three events into the 2018-19 season.

• Maria Jose Vargas returned to the tour in the second half of last season after having taken off to start a family after the 2016-17 season. When she left, she was holding the #2 ranking and consistently finds herself battling early in her draws. Less than a year in, she is already holding #6 in the rankings.

• Frederique Lambert went into Boston as the #2 ranked player. Lambert, who is pursuing medicine full time and close to adding "MD" to her name, is a major force on the LPRT.  Frederique is twice a finalist in Boston.

 LPRT Doubles

Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas have won every LPRT Doubles event of 2018, including 3 straight titles this 2018-19 LPRT season. Paola has won all 3 Boston Doubles titles with three different partners.

Alexandra Herrera teamed up with Maria Renee Rodriquez (Guatemala) in Boston to work through a tough field to make the final. For Herrera, this is her second doubles final appearance in Boston, having won last year with Longoria.

Photos: LPRT Boston OpenDoubles Final 

Paola Longoria / Samantha Salas vs Alexandra Herrera / Maria Renee Rodriguez

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 Boston Fun

Boston is alway a fun event. Thursday was supporter's day as players got to rotate match play and spread the fun on the courts! Thank you to Milene Marques, Eric Sweetser (Green Grass), Gillian Cobb and Josh Messina (Messina Technology Solutions) for the competition and smiles!

A sincere thank you to all the sponsors (linked above) and volunteers who worked to make the Boston Open a special event. We are grateful for your support!

 

A very special thank you to Stewart Solomon! Stewart is a huge supporter of racquetball through Solomon Sports and Racquet. Along with going above and beyond to bring the the LPRT to Boston, he also consistently organizes local racquetball events and brings people together. Well done Stewart!

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