Paola Lon­go­ria Chooses the Riviera Maya for In­ter­na­tional Event

The five-time world rac­quet­ball cham­pion is look­ing to put Playa del Car­men on her pro­fes­sional tour line-up

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Sports - BY JUAN SOSA

Paola Lon­go­ria, five-time world rac­quet­ball cham­pion, and the first woman in the world to achieve this goal, is com­ing to Playa. She told The Playa Times that she is look­ing to in­clude Playa del Car­men in her pro­fes­sional tour for the re­main­der of 2015 and the fu­ture.

A re­cent gold medal­ist in the 2015 Toronto Pan Amer­i­can Games, Lon­go­ria said that they are dis­cussing the pos­si­bil­ity with lo­cal busi­nesses and one op­tion is Mami­tas Beach. Lon­go­ria joked, “Those who live here should feel priv­i­leged, as God came here to rest on the sev­enth day.”

She said that she is look­ing to hold a lo­cal tour­na­ment on her 2015 tour, pos­si­bly in De­cem­ber. If not De­cem­ber, she will look to hold one dur­ing her 2016 tour, but “we want to make it an es­tab­lished date.”

2015 was an im­por­tant year for Lon­go­ria. She won two world ti­tles si­mul­ta­ne­ously; in­di­vid­u­ally and in dou­bles, be­ing the first woman in the world to do this. Ad­di­tion­ally, she is ranked first in the world, some­thing that she pre­vi­ously achieved dur­ing the 2009-2010 sea­son. She main­tained this rank­ing for three con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

With­out a doubt, it was truly spec­tac­u­lar to see her at the 2015 Toronto Pan Amer­i­can Games, draped in the na­tional flag af­ter be­com­ing a Pan Amer­i­can Game cham­pion in in­di­vid­u­als, dou­bles, and groups.

Lon­go­ria, orig­i­nally from San Luis Po­tosi, is char­ac­ter­ized by her semi-left strike, not of­ten used in rac­quet­ball. She is the only per­son to use this style, and it ap­pears to be pay­ing off. She is the most highly ranked player in the world for the last three sea­sons. She has won ti­tles in 48 tour­na­ments of the high­est rank­ing.

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