Excitement Builds for the 20th Annual Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) Christmas Classic

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7:35pm EST

The Women's Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) is the governing body for the highest-level professional female racquetball players in the world. It is currently comprised of elite athletes representing over a dozen countries including the United States, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Puerto Rico, Japan, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

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As the ladies of the WPRO head to Arlington, VA December 9th through 11th to compete in the 20th annual Christmas Classic, in its 6th year as a WPRO stop.  Tournament directors Karen Denu, Bill Millback and Wayne Toyne anticipate a large amateur event in collaboration with the best women in the game seeking a win in what will be the last WPRO stop of 2011.  Held at  Crystal Gateway Sport & Health Club - Arlington, VA USA
Big news in the rankings as Paola Longoria moves into the top spot over Rhonda Rajsich with her win at the Puget Sound Challenge in Olympia WA, Longoria has won more tournaments, - 16 - than any other player over the last four WPRO seasons.  Rhonda is the reigning champion of the Christmas Classic, but Paola will look to continue her reign coming off back to back wins over Rhonda in their last 2 meetings of the 2011-2012 season.
In addition to the shifting of the number one position, several players are also adding to the excitement, highlighting their careers with big wins.  Cristina Amaya out of Columbia leads a strong contingent of international players with her highest ranking yet at 6th.  Samantha Salas out of Mexico is knocking on the door, looking to get off the 3rd ranking and for now Longoria and Rajsich will stand in her way.  
Mexico’s Suzy Acosta comes of a semi-final appearance in Olympia to grab the 8th ranking.  And Canada’s Jen Saunders comes in at 9th.  After a semi-final appearance in Olympia Kristen Bellows looks to move back into the top 5 after a year’s absence on tour.  Not to be overlooked, though, is TJ Baumbaugh, the number 13th ranked player on tour, who will take a bit of a home court advantage in Crystal City, likely to unleash her hometown fans on opponents!   

Contact Media Director:  Sarah Warhaftig sarah@wprotour.com
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