Double digits: Salazar and Triay become first couple to win ten titles in a season

2021's number ones of the world Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay became the first women's couple ever to win ten titles in a season after taking the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2022 on Sunday.

Double digits: Salazar and Triay become first couple to win ten titles in a season

2021's number ones of the world Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay became the first women's couple ever to win ten titles in a season after taking the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2022 on Sunday.

It is the third title running for Salazar and Triay, who remain the second seed to Paula Josemaría and Ariana Sanchez despite their newly-won record.

The Spaniards have broken the record previously held by Mapi and Majo Sanchez Alayeto, who won nine tournaments in their all-conquering 2017 season.

While Salazar and Triay have won ten titles, they have also had 19 tournaments to get there, while the Alayeto sisters did so in just 12 events.

Four titles and five finals to start

Alejandra and Gemma started the defence of their number one status in incredible fashion, winning the Miami Padel Open final 6-2 6-2 against Josemaria and Sanchez.

Victories followed in Reus, Alicante and Brussels, losing just one game of the first 20 they played - the final in Vigo.

When they looked invincible, there was a slight dip in form, losing to Marta Talavan and Sofia Araujo in the Marbella Master round of 16 and in the semi-finals in Denmark to Bea Gonzalez and Marta Ortega.

After, of course, Salazar and Triay came back with anger. A final in Vienna and three consecutive titles after in France, Valladolid and Valencia took their tally to seven heading into the summer break.

No longer at the top

Inevitably, Salazar and Triay would hit a dip in form in the second half of the season. Having set such an incredibly high standard, the two Spaniards went five tournaments without winning, their longest streak since getting together in 2021.

Results included another round of 16 exit to Talavan and Araujo in a Master, this time in Madrid. Josemaria and Sanchez won that very tournament, lifting them to the number-one seed for the first time.

This result was followed by a quarter-final exit to Virginia Riera and Patty Llaguno in Amsterdam.

Things were looking dire, but this is when Salazar and Triay pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and reminded the world what they are capable of.

Back to their best

The 'slump' - which for most couples would be a great patch of form - was never going to last forever, as they proved when travelling to Santander.

In the final, they faced Josemaria and Sanchez - whom had beaten them in their previous two meetings, including a 6-1 6-1 pasting in Stockholm.

The newly-crowned number ones were then given a true humbling by Salazar and Triay: 6-2 6-1. Momentum had flipped back their way.

Victories followed in Menorca and Malmö too for the Spaniards - beating Josemaria and Sanchez in both finals - the latter being their tenth title of the season, breaking the record.

Still lagging behind in The Race 2022 by 585 points to the devastatingly consistent Ari and Paula, Salazar and Triay still have the fate of the rankings in their own hands.

The absolute record for titles in a single World Padel Tour season by a couple is held by Pablo Lima and Fernando Belasteguin, who won 12 in the 2016 season. Individually, Bela won 13 in 2015 - two with Willy Lahoz and 11 with Lima.

Salazar and Triay could equal the absolute record from 2016 with victories in Mexico and the Master Final. But they can already say they are the record holders. One of the most dominant and devastating couples padel has ever seen, Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay.

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