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 CLASSICGRAND SLAM

The Teamroot.com Classic is a Grand Slam affair that hit a serious note as it closed out the season for the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour. The competition was concentrated at the JCC in Overland Park, Kansas, as the professional women of the LPRT were vying for $30,000 in prize money and pushed to finalize their rankings for the 2018/19 chapter. It's an event to both finish up the season and to look forward, into the next season, with plans of competing and setting new professional goals.

 ABOUT

  THE FINALISTS

Milestones on the LPRT are happening more often. The level of play being produced by the athletes on tour is being pushed beyond any limits set in the past. Paola Longoria (Mexico) is setting the bar as she tied up her 2018/19 LPRT season with the term "undefeated" accenting her continued accomplishments. She accumulated 37 straight victories this season alone and is set to hit her "100 pro tour victories" landmark early next season.

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Longoria is a product of the work she puts into her pro career. Her draw was in no way a walk through, having had to meet tough competition as early as the round of 16. Not exactly playing her best, Paola adjusted on a match by match basis to find her way to victories. In what turned out to be a regular final, the world's #1 player met with world #2 Samantha Salas. Longoria showed the fruit of the hard work it takes to be aware of how matches are playing out and having the discipline to finds ways to adjust. It's the stuff of champions that ensures her top spot in the rankings.

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Samantha Salas (Mexico) is setting her own mark on professional racquetball. Her style of play is one that is focused on being fit enough to finish strong. Most of her victories are gained though attrition and her ability to keep a furious pace for as long as it takes. Salas has solidified her hold on the #2 rank on tour, even as former number twos push their challenges. Her Doubles win with partner Longoria and her year-end #1 Doubles ranking leave no doubt to her talent. During one of her live-streamed matches, a viewer noted her as a legend. We agree with that label.

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  FINALISTS

• Maria Jose Vargas (Argentina) set out to regain her #2 ranking a season ago after taking time to start a family. She has won two pro stops since, one being a Grand Slam in Bolivia this season. She has increased her training and has been ascending in the rankings one event at a time. She closes out the 2018/19 season in the #3 spot.

• Alexandra Herrera (Mexico) ends her season solidly holding the #4 spot on tour. She is the gate-keeper to the top of the LPRT rankings and managed to pull off an elusive victory from venerable pro Rhonda Rajsich in her quarterfinal at this event.

 QUARTER

   FINALISTS

• Cristina Amaya (Colombia) ends her season on a high note, breaking into the #8 spot with her performance at this event.

• Rhonda Rajsich (USA) proves she belongs in the Hall of Fame as she continues to perform on tour. She finishes out 2018/19 in the number five spot on tour.

• Natalia Mendez (Argentina) has been growing as a professional and has the results to prove it. She ends the 2018/19 season as the #6 ranked player on tour.

• Nancy Enriquez (Mexico) almost pulled off an upset in Kansas against Samantha Salas. No doubt she'll take something away from Kansas as she works to improve on her season ending #7 rank.

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  PRODOUBLES

 TEAMPLAY

Pro Doubles on the LPRT is a serious affair. The play is fast and furious and top players tend to team up with regular partners. With plenty of international experience, some teams know each other well, making for intense match-ups.

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The Doubles final was a replay of a drama that plays out at Mexican Nationals. Paola Longoria and Samantha Salas met Alexandra Herrera and Montse Mejia, who have upset them in the past in Mexico. But in Kansas, Longoria/Salas proved why they remain the top Doubles team on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour.

 HOST WITH

THE MOST

As the sole sponsor for the Teamroot.com Classic, Randy Root ensures the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour has a meaningful final event of the season. A true racquetball enthusiast, it's all smiles around Randy when the competition heats up. This close-out event has grown into a Grand Slam and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to show up at Overland Park, Kansas. It's a truly unique event.

Thank you Randy!

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The Teamroot.com Classic Grand Slam happened and we can't think of a better way to close out a fantastic 2018/19 season.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the LPRT and the touring professional this year. We are looking forward to a bright 2019/20 season!

The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour is the event driven, governing body of a growing membership of the highest-level professional women players in the world. The LPRT is comprised of elite athletes representing over a dozen countries including the United States, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

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