For the fourth time in their career, Majo and Mapi Sánchez Alayeto will end the season on the World Padel Tour on top of the rankings. The twins have successfully defended their crown with two tournaments to go on the calendar: the Murcia Open 2018 and the Estrella Damm Master Final. This has been the most fiercely contested season ever on the women's tour, with Gemma Triay - Lucía Sainz and Marta Marrero - Alejandra Salazar pushing them all the way and claiming four titles between them.
Consistency is the key
The Alayetos came into this year with the pressure of trying to defend an almost perfect 2017 campaign which included nine titles. With Alejadra Salazar fully recovered and Triay-Sainz having gone from strength to strength, the task was even tougher. But the twins got down to work and ensured that there would be no ups and downs in their game. The result of this was 50 matches played, 42 won, 11 finals and only two losses in the semifinals. With no cracks in their game, the sisters have managed to stay on top for yet another year.
Four years at the top
These two sisters from Zaragoza switched tennis for padel in 2007 and have never looked back. In 2009 they decided to turn professional and in 2010 they moved to Madrid to further their progression. In 2011 they ended the year as the 12th ranked pairing and in 2012 they moved up to fifth. In 2013 they ended third and in 2014 they final conquered top spot. The 'Atomik Twins' were also first in 2015 but lost that ranking to Marta Marrero and Alejandra Salazar in 2016. In 2017 they regained their privileged spot thanks to their best ever season, including 9 titles and the record for most consecutive wins at 26 (a run which involved a streak of 6 titles). This year, with the Murcia Open and the Master Final still to be played, the twins have won 5 titles and have reached the semifinals at least at every tournament. This will be the fourth end of year number one ranking for the pairing coached by Jorge Martinez (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018).
But the season still hasn't ended and the number ones are still hungry for more success. They still have to chances to get their hands on some silverware: the Murcia Open 2018 and the Estrella Damm Master Final, where they're aiming for their third consecutive title.