Convincing opening displays from the favourites in the women's Bilbao Open

The seeds march on

Convincing opening displays from the favourites in the women's Bilbao Open

The last sixteen started off with a bang at Club Padeltoki  in the Keler Bilbao OpenEight battles to be among the best eight pairings in the final open of the season.

Getting things underway were the number one pairing, Majo and Mapi Sánchez Alayetowho were up against Nelida Brito and Beatriz González, who has just turned 16. The twins were in no mood to give a birthday gift to their opponents and won the first set 6-3 before sealing the job quickly in the second set 6-1 to reach the quarter finals.

After having won two tournaments on the bounce, Gemma Triay and Lucía Sainz  faced Meli García Truchado and Laura Clergue. Despite Gemma Triay's problems with her right wrist, the pairing coached by Pablo Ayma didn't have too much trouble in reaching the quarter finals with a 6-2 / 6-1 victory.

One of the most even matches on paper was Victoria Iglesias - Teresa Navarro versus Marta Talaván - Carla Mesa. And it proved to be just that on court. Mesa and Talavan won the first set 6-4. But Iglesias and Navarro found a way to turn the match around with a convincing 6-1 scoreline in the second set. They played at their best in the third again to win 6-1 and qualify for the next round.

Next up looking to be among the best eight pairings were Alba Galán - María del Carmen Villalba and Vanesa Alonso Rodríguez - Isabel Domínguez. From the start it was clear to see that Galan and Villalba were in control with a tremendous display of power and precision off the walls from Alba Galan, and all-court overage from Villalba. A 6-1 scoreline in the first set got them on their way but there was a minor scare in the second set at 5-1 up when Galan almost had to pull out because of a thigh strain. In the end she battle it out to get over the finish line at 6-1.

The second session started with the number two seeds Marta Marrero and Cata Tenorio facing Sara Pujals and Elena Ramírez, who had come together for this event. The favourites came out swinging and controlled the match from the first game. They won the first set 6-1 and used the same recipe to win the second 6-1 again.

Carolina Navarro and Cecilia Reiter faced Tamara Icardo and Lucía Martínez for a place in the quarter finals. A marathon match ensuded between two pairings that showed their very best. A tiebreak was needed in the first set, and the experience of Horacio Alvarez Clementi's players shone through to win it after saving five set points. A first set which took one hour and twenty minutes. In the second set, Navarro and Reiter were a notch above and pounced on their opponents' disappointment to win 6-2.

Sandra Hernández and Aranzazu Osoro tested their form against the finalists of the Zaragoza Open, Patty Llaguno and Elisabet AmatriaínThe number five seeds showed that they're finishing the season very strongly by taking the first set 6-0. In the second set, Hernandez and Osoro worked hard to get back in the match but it was too late as they lost 6-3.

After winning the recent European Championships with the Spanish side, Ariana Sánchez and Marta Ortega were back in business with their clash against Verónica Vírseda and Maite Gabarrus. With their usual courageous padel, the youngest pairing ever to win an Open on tour won the first set 6-2. Ortega and Sanchez grabbed the same scoreline in the second set and reached the quarter finals of the Keler Bilbao Open 2017.


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