July 20, 1989 |
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Paola Michelle Longoria López (born July 20, 1989) is a Mexican racquetball player. She's the current International Racquetball Federation World Champion in singles and doubles, the first player to win both. Longoria is also the #1 player on the Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour (LPRT) tour, and was the first Mexican woman to attain the #1 ranking on doing so at the end of the 2008-09 season. She repeated the feat at the end of 2009-2010 season, and regained that status during the 2011-12 season. Longoria's style is characterized by a semi-western grip of the racquet, which is unusual for racquetball; Longoria is the only pro player using this grip style.
Longoria has won 16 Tier 1 or Grand Slam events on the LPRT, including three US Open Racquetball Championships in 2012 and 2011 when she defeated Rhonda Rajsich in the final, and 2008 when she beat Cheryl Gudinas in the final, becoming the first Mexican - woman or man - to win that event or even reach the US Open final.
Her first women's pro tournament win was the Outback Steakhouse Blast It! tournament in Fayetteville, N.C., September 13-16, 2007, when she defeated Rajsich in the final.
Longoria finished as the #1 pro player at the end of the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons.
Longoria won the women's singles and doubles events at the World Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She defeated Canadian Jennifer Saunders in the singles final to become the first Mexican woman to be World Champion.
The doubles win was a repeat of the title she and Samantha Salas won in 2010. That was the first time a Mexican team had won women's doubles at Worlds. In 2012 final, they defeated the Chilean team of Angela Grisar and Carla Muñoz while in 2010, they beat the American pair of Aimee Ruiz and Jackie Paraiso in the final.
Longoria won three gold medals for Mexico at the 2011 Pan American Games in both singles and doubles as well as the team competition in what was her first Pan Am Games appearance. Samantha Salas was her doubles partner.
Longoria won the Pan American Championships in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. She's also won gold at the Pan Am Championships in doubles with Salas in 2011 and 2012. Her six Pan Am Championship titles are tied for second most by a woman with American Michelle Gould and trailing American Jackie Paraiso, who's won ten.
Also, Longoria won eight consecutive International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Junior Championships from 2001 to 2008, winning twice in each age category from 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under, and 18 and under.
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- Mexican Racquetball Federation page for Paola Longoria
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