Congratulations to Paola Longoria for winning the singles title over Maria Jose Vargas and to Montse Mejia and Alexandra Herrera for winning the doubles title over Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas Solis at the 2019 Paola Longoria Experience #1 Grand Slam in San Luis Potosi Mexico.
2019 Paola Longoria Experience #1 Singles Wrap-Up
by Todd Boss
In the 32s: – #19 Denisse Maldonado took out #14 Sheryl Lotts in a tie-breaker for a career win. – #11 Ana Laura Flores Saavedra was stretched to a tie-breaker by 15yr old Daniela Rico before advancing.
In the 16s: – #8 Amaya Cris dominated #9 Masiel Rivera Oporto 3,9 to advance. This should be an interesting season for Amaya with her renewed training regiment. – #12 Montse Mejia got a solid 2-game win over #5 Rhonda Rajsich, reversing the result from their meeting in Lima a few weeks ago. – #4 Alexandra Herrera barely held off #13 Jessica Parrilla 11-9 in the breaker. Its the third straight defeat in the 16s for Parrilla at the hands of Herrera, but she keeps getting closer. – #19 Maldonado fared well against #3 Maria Jose Vargas Parada losing in two 9,10. A good showing for the 20-yr old. – #11 Flores got the biggest (only) upset of the round, topping #6 Natalia Mendez Erlwein in two. Its the 2nd year in a row they’ve met in this event … and the 2nd year in a row Flores upset the Argentinian. – #7 Nancy Enriquez was stretched to a tiebreaker by #10 Brenda Laime Jalil before advancing. Laime continues to make main events, solidifying her ranking in the 12-16 range, but she has yet to have a break through win.
In the quarters: – #1 Paola Longoria took out #8 Amaya 8,9 to advance. – #12 Mejia continued her upsetting ways, taking out #4 Herrera in two games and perhaps making a statement about the current heirarchy on the tour. – #3 Vargas advanced in two straight over 18U champ Flores. – #2 Samantha Salas Solis blitzed past #7 Enriquez 1,6.
In the semis; two heavyweight battles and two interesting matches: – #1 Longoria and #12 Mejia were neck and neck in game one, with Longoria pulling out a close one, then she broke away in game two to advance 13,5. – #3 Vargas got just her 3rd pro win over Salas in a tense, back and forth 11-9 tiebreaker win.
In the final
Vargas mounted a furious comeback in Game 1 but fell slightly short, then Longoria took over in game 2 to win her namesake title 13,6.
2019 Paola Longoria Experience #1 Doubles Wrap-Up
Another familiar Finals draw to start the new season as the #1 seeded team of Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas Solis battled the #3 seeded pair of Montse Mejia and Alexandra Herrera for the title.
New season, new results. The younger team of Mejia/Herrera fought back from being down the first game to take it to the veteran team 12-15, 15-10, 11-7 to win the first doubles title of the season.