The Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT’s) plays a Grand Slam event in Guadalajara, Mexico this weekend, and there are 27 players in the draw, including the top 9 players and 16 of the top 17. LPRT #1 Paola Longoria will be the player to beat, but her main opponents are all on the other side of the draw, where LPRT #2 Frédérique Lambert, #3 Jessica Parrilla, #6 Rhonda Rajsich, who defeated Longoria last month at the Pan American Championships, #7 Samantha Salas, a two time finalist this season, as well as 15th seed Gabriela Martinez, who was runner up to Longoria at last year’s International Racquetball Federation World Championships, will all battle it out to presumably meet Longoria in the final.
Lambert may have the worst draw of the bunch, as she’ll likely have to play Martinez in the Round of 16, Salas in the quarterfinals, and then either Parrilla or Rajsich in the semi-finals before getting a crack at Longoria.
Also of note, Sofia Rascon, a top 10 player last year, is in the draw as the 21st seed, so she’ll play Natalia Mendez first with the winner to face 5th seed Cristina Amaya.
You can watch this weekend’s action live via the LPRT LiveStream channel. The Round of 16 begins at 2 PM on Friday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday from 10 AM on and the semi-finals at 5 and 6 PM. The singles final will be 2 PM Sunday with the doubles final to follow.
2017 LPRT Guadalajara Grand Slam, May 5-7, 2017
Round of 32
1) Paola Longoria - BYE
16) Carolina Rivera v. 17) Jessica Maldonado
9) Susana Acosta v. 24) Montserrat Perez
8) Carla Muñoz v. 25) Nancy Enriquez
5) Cristina Amaya - BYE
12) Natalia Mendez v. 21) Sofia Rascon
13) Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 20) Da’Monique Davis
4) Alexandra Herrera - BYE
3) Jessica Parrilla - BYE
14) Cecilia Pratt v. 19) Ana Laura Flores
11) Monserrat Mejia v. 22) Erin Rivera
6) Rhonda Rajsich v. 27) Ana Camacho
7) Samantha Salas v. 27) Andrea Ramirez
10) Adriana Riveros v. 23) Danisse Maldonado
15) Gabriela Martinez v. 18) Eleni Guzman
2) Frédérique Lambert - BYE
Doubles - Round of 16
1) Paola Longoria & Samantha Salas - BYE
8) Montserrat Perez & Erin Rivera v. 9) Da’monique Davis & Cecilia Pratt
5) Carla Muñoz & Rhonda Rajsich v. 12) Nancy Enriquez & Denisse Maldonado
4) Alexandra Herrera & Monserrat Mejia - BYE
3) Cristina Amaya & Adriana Riveros - BYE
6) Gabriela Martinez & Maria Renee Rodriguez v. 11) Ana Laura Flores & Eleni Guzman
7) Susana Acosta & Jessica Maldonado v. 10) Sofia Rascon & Carolina Rivera
2) Frédérique Lambert & Jessica Parrilla & - BYE
Follow the bouncing ball….