LAST STOP DRAMA
The Paola Longoria Challenge proved to be a finale filled with drama and the desire of Samantha Salas.
A major upset served to cap off a great season for the LPRT. After 47 straight losses to #1 Paola Longoria, #3 Samantha Salas pushed through in dramatic fashion win their semifinal match-up. Samantha went on to take the title facing off with #6 Rhonda Rajsich in the final-final of the season.
SHE IS A FIGHTER
Samantha Salas is one of the most intense players on the LPRT. Her aggressive style of play guarantees plenty of intense action during her matches. Her dedication to training and fitness ensure that the action is always fast paced. Her intensity secured her place back into the top of the rankings this season.
She has won numerous doubles title with partner Paola Longoria. Yet, in straight up competition, Salas hasn't had a victory of Paola since 2005. Samantha was able to prevail during the Paola Longoria Challenge semifinal after losing the first two games to Longoria. She won the match 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-7 in what turned out to be one of the most exciting matches of the 2016/17 season!
• 82 TOUR STOP WINS
• 7 SEASONS THE WORLD'S
#1 RANKED PLAYER
Despite her loss to Samantha in her namesake event, she did win the pro doubles title with Salas. Just another championship to her really long and growing list of titles. Paola Longoria had a phenomenal season. Her achievements continue to set high standards throughout our sport. Consider this, the last time Paola lost an LPRT match was in March 2015 and the last two events on the LPRT calendar are named after her. It's a large accumulation of these types of record breaking facts that puts her in a class of her own in racquetball. A regular season for her is just another dominant season.
Canadian Frederique Lambert (left) managed to hold on to the #2 spot in the rankings by making the semifinals, even with her heavy course load at Université de Montréal where she is a full-time medical student.
The Paola Longoria Challenge was a ground-breaking event and and provided a glimpse of what is in store for the LPRT next season.