December 15, 1986 |
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Samantha Salas Solís (born December 15, 1986) is a Mexican racquetball player. She was the second Mexican woman to finish in the top 10 rankings on the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) tour, doing so at the end of the 2006-07 season. However, a right shoulder injury limited her play in the 2011-12 season, and she finished 12th in the rankings.
Salas won her first WPRO event in Olympia, Washington November 2010 in only her second WPRO final. She reached the semi-finals or better in nine of the ten WPRO tournaments in the 2010-11 season, including a semi-final finish at the US Open and her win in Olympia, which led to Salas being ranked #3 at season's end.
In 2011-12, Salas only played the first two events, and then suffered a right shoulder injury that caused her to miss the rest of the season. She finished 12th in the rankings.
Playing for Mexico, Salas has been a gold medalist nine times, including two World Championships in doubles with Paola Longoria. They won at the 2010 World Championships defeating then defending champions Jackie Paraiso and Aimee Ruiz of the USA to capture the first women's doubles championship for Mexico and only the second title for a non-American team. Salas and Longoria successfully defended their title in 2012 and also won the women's team title that year.
Salas also won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in both the women's doubles (with Longoria) and the women's team events. Finally, she and Nancy Enriquez won gold at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games.