Like the men, the women’s pros are back in action one week after a pro stop.
There was a huge draw in Arizona … but the second of two LPRT events back to back this close to the Worlds event in Guatemala in two weeks time has impacted the attendance in Chicago this weekend.
There’s 17 players entered into the singles draw, and 7 teams in the doubles draw. Here’s a preview.
Former top 10 player Vero Sotomayor is in the draw, but she is seeded dead last and plays into Paola if she advances past #16 Montserrat Pérez in the opener.
In the 16s, here’s some fun matches to watch for:
- #1 Paola Longoria takes on the Perez/Sotomayor winner, who I assume will be Vero. Its a good test for Sotomayor’s comeback.
- #8/#9 features a rematch of last week’s 16 matchup between Rhonda Rajsich and Valeria Centellas. Rajsich upset the young Argentinian last week; can she make it two in a row?
- #5 Angelica Barrios takes on USA’s #12 Kelani Lawrence in an interesting matchup. Lawrence pressed Herrera last week; can she press Barrios this week?
- #4 Natalia Mendez Erlwein takes on the red-hot #13 Erika Manilla; upset watch here.
- In a rare battle of lefties, #3 Alexandra Herrera takes on #14 Ana Laura Flores
- #11 Carla Muñoz Montesinos has upset #6 Samantha Salas Solis in the past; she gets another shot at Samantha this week.
- #7 Jessica Parrilla meets another hot player in #10 Brenda Laime Jalil. Parrilla can’t seem to catch a break with matchups in her struggle to get back to the top 5, and Laime has a great upset chance here.
- #2 Maria Jose Vargas Parada takes on long-time LPRT touring vet Adrienne Fisher Haynes.
Projecting the quarters:
- Longoria over Centellas
- Barrios over Manilla
- Herrera over Munoz
- Vargas over Parrilla
- Longoria over Barrios
- Vargas over Herrera.
Finals: another Longoria over Vargas.
Doubles preview: Just 7 teams, but a slew of tough players here. Should be a fun little draw.
- #4 Perez/Parrilla, who have started to form a more frequent partnership, take on the lefty/righty duo of Lawrence/Flores.
- #3 Argentinian national team of Mendez/Centellas takes on Manilla/Laime. Manilla played really well in the mixed pro in Arizona, and Laime is a dangerous up and coming player.
- #2 Herrera teams with Munoz, to form an experienced doubles team; they start off against a really fun team of Vargas/Sotomayor. Upset watch here.
- #1 Longoria/Salas over Perez/Parrilla
- #7 Vargas/Sotomayor upsetting #3 Mendez/Centellas .
final: #1 team takes the title.
No rest for the weary; look for the LPRT streaming team led by Timothy Baghurst to be back in action in Chicago this weekend.