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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Interesting Facts About Paola

Paola Longoria (born July 20, 1989) is a Mexican racquetball player. She's the first Mexican woman to attain the #1 ranking on the Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) tour, doing so at the end of the 2008-09 season and at the end of 2009-2010 season as well. 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 won her first WPRO event in 2007. Then in the 2008-09 season, she won 4 of the 9 WPRO tour events, including the US Open Racquetball Championships in 2008[1], and is the first Mexican - woman or man - to win that event. She was second in four other events, and this strong record led to her #1 ranking at season's end.

Longoria is current World Champion in women's doubles winning the title with Samantha Salas Solis. They beat Americans Aimee Ruiz and Jackie Paraiso in the final to become the first Mexican women to win a World Championship in singles or doubles.

Longoria won the Pan American Championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Longoria won the gold medal at the 2009 World Games, defeating Rhonda Rajsich in the final.

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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