LPRT Turkey Shoot Wrap-up

Vargas dominates to win in Chicago. Photo US Open 2019 Kevin Savory

Congrats to your Pro winners on the weekend:

– Singles: Maria Jose Vargas

– Doubles: Montse Mejia & Alexandra Herrera

Vargas wins her 6th career LPRT singles title, bringing her back into a tie with current #1 Montse Mejia for 13th all time. See https://rball.pro/4vk for a complete list of LPRT tournament winners with their career totals.

R2 Sports App home page for event: https://www.r2sports.com/website/event-website.asp?TID=41683


Lets review the notable matches in the Singles draw.

Singles Match report in the PRS database: https://rball.pro/ng0


In the 32s, Floridian Chanis Leon got a solid win over Colombian Maria Paz Riquelme , while @Lexi York got the win over fellow American @Stephanie Synhorst to move on.


In the 16s:

– Natalia Mendez took a topsy-turvy match over Carla Muñoz in the 8/9 match-up, winning the first game 15-5, then losing the second game 15-1, before cruising in the tie-breaker 11-2. Odd score-line for sure.

– #10 Kelani Lawrence got a first career win over #7 Samantha Salas Solis 12,11.


In the Quarters

– #1 Monserrat Mejia dropped the first game against Mendez before advancing.

– #4 Vargas ground out two close game wins against #5 Alexandra Herrera 13,11.

– #6 Erika Manilla got her first career win over #3 Brenda Laime Jalil with a very solid 9,7 win.

– #2 Paola Longoria subdued Kelani 9,6 to move into another semi.


In the Semis, two upsets.

– #4 Vargas crushed #1 Mejia 7,7 to move into the final. Vargas continues to show why she’s putting her name in the hat for #1.

– #6 Manilla got her career best win, topping the 13-time LPRT tour champion Longoria in a tie-breaker ot move into the final. It’s her second career final after last year’s US Open.

In the Finals, Vargas was just too strong and cruised to a 9,5 win in a match between the two hardest hitters on tour. Vargas completes a dominant performance in Chicago, where not one player even scored double digits on her the entire weekend.


Points Implications of results

Vargas should move up to #3, pushing Laime down a spot Herrera’s loss will push her back to #7, a spot she hasn’t seen in nearly a decade. With Alexandra’s falling, Manilla moves up to #5 and the absent Gaby up to #6. Mendez rebounds back up to #8.


Doubles review

The doubles contest came down to the two top Mexican teams as expected, with Herrera & Mejia winning their 7th pro doubles title together.

Match report in the PRS database: https://rball.pro/6z9


Open Singles, other notable draws

– Lawrence took the Women’s Open draw over Munoz.

– Thomas Carter beat fellow Illinois native Jeremy Dixon in Men’s Open.

– Carter teamed with @Alok Mehta to win Men’s Open Doubles too.


Thanks for all the streaming on the weekend from the LPRT crew.


Next up?

Per our handy master racquetball calendar …


We get a break for turkey day, then there’s just 3 pro tournaments left. An IRT Satellite in Portland, then the final tour stop of the 2023 season for the men in Pleasanton, and lastly the long running Xmas Classic in the DC area for the ladies.



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