Final: an all-Bolivian final, with 1 over 2 as Moscoso downs his countryman for the title. An early statement win here for Moscoso. There have been 8 events this season; Longoria and Salas have met in the final of six of them. After dropping the first game 4, a battle royale ensued in game two, with Rhonda topping Paola 13-11. There were a few notable upsets by seeds in the earlier rounds Thomas over Mauro Rojas, and over being perhaps the biggest , but the semis-onward more or less went as expected. In the Quarters, more upsets — Mendez continued her great run, downing the 1 seeded Mexican Monste 13,13.
If you fancy it, please join up and participate. But she comes out with the title. I think she makes it 10-0 here. Whenever possible I hope to have the author, or another prominent voice on the subject, join the conversation.
She outclasses Lawrence here, looking for more. Where we have proven to enjoy Hardbacks over Paperbacks, Vampires over Werewolfs and even Unicorns over Zombies. Beltran beat Mercado handily in Chicago in March … but Mercado played lights out at the Bolivian Open in making the semis. Paola Longoria, a 7-time winner here but entering as the Mexican 2 due to her loss to Mejia at Mexican Nats earlier this year. Projecting the Quarters: — 1 Montse Mejia vs 8 Barrios: they met in the 18U world juniors semis in both 2017 and 2018; both Mejia wins. Longoria runs away with this one.
I think she advances here. Vargas held serve to top to win the 2018 South American Games, then beat her again in the quarters of 2018 Worlds. There is so much amazing stuff out there! Maria Vargas the double winner on the weekend. I think we see a similarly close game this time around with the same result. In the final: — Longoria improved to 55-3 all time over her doubles partner Salas with a relatively straight forward 1,2,6 three game win. There, the two finalists split games and headed to a tie-breaker, eventually taken by the champs 11-7.
I have these two players 2nd and 3rd in my world power rankings right now, and they meet here in the 16s. The sole upset was 18 Romina Rivero over 15 Daniela Molina, which earns her a shot at the 2nd seeded player. I think we need some guidelines going forward, where players have to declare to represent one country or another and stick with it. Be sure to join in.
A reminder; the results are re-seeded after the group stages for the knockouts. Bravo for still competing in your 60s on tour. I suspect that the longer pro format favors Salas here, even though in their last meeting Mejia shocked Salas and then Longoria to win the 2019 Mexican national title. If Mejia takes out Vargas… then this is a whole new ball game. There were 7 matches, and there were 6 three-game wins by higher seeded players. Its the same issue but perhaps in reverse.
Barrios was the world junior 16U title in 2017 and thus is in her age 18 season. I suppose the bigger question is this: how can someone just switch back and forth like especially Fernandez has done? Marie Gomar slides into the 7 seed as the Guatemalan 2, and gets 8 seeded Bolivian junior phenom Angelica Barrios right out of the gate. Its more about the inherent conflict of interest that exists. To take this to the extreme, consider these hypotheticals.
Players are seeded not by individual accomplishment but by past country performance. Its not often you see someone both give and take a donut in a match. Longoria is 32-1 through the first 33 meetings, so odds of a Vargas win seem slim. I think Lawrence could pull the upset-by-seed here over the reigning 16U world junior champ. Bolivian Junior Valeria Centellas is the 6th seed.
Olympic athletes can switch … but they have to wait a few years in-between competitions. Semis: — Pratt won a back and forth close match against Acuna to advance to the final. From there though, all champion, as she cruised to win the next three games 2,3,1. I think this is close and Beltran ekes it out. In the final, Longoria improved to 48-3 against her doubles partner Salas on the pro tour, winning in three for the title. It was a battle though, a back and forth 5-game monster.
There really was not that much between these two players on the day. The competition features days of round robins that are seeded, then the competition is re-seeded for the knockouts. He won 6 with , then has won 1 each now with , , , and now Pratt. In the semis… — 1 Longoria improved to 31-1 all time in all competitions over Vargas, though she had to come from a game down to do it.