Five former number ones in action in Miami women's round of 32

The second batch of women's Blockchain.com Miami Padel Open 2022 matches have all been contested on Wednesday at the Island Gardens, rounding out the draw for the round of 16 on Thursday.

Five former number ones in action in Miami women's round of 32

The second batch of women's Blockchain.com Miami Padel Open 2022 matches have all been contested on Wednesday at the Island Gardens, rounding out the draw for the round of 16 on Thursday.

Five former number one players were in action on the day in the five matches, giving even the first round a real pedigree in what will be the most ambitious and international season in World Padel Tour history.

This is what happened around the three courts in the first round of 2022's first tournament.

Cortiles/Clasca - Reiter/Polo

Opening proceedings were the qualifiers Anna Cortiles and Xenia Clasca against Julia Polo and ex-number one Cecilia Reiter. While Reiter was the biggest name in this match-up, Cortiles and Clasca ran away with the first set.

The two Spaniards took it 6-1, steamrolling their opponents while seemingly breaking service at will.

While the second set was a lot more closely contested, it ultimately still had the same victors. Cortiles and Clasca's dream stays alive as they won 6-1 6-4, sending Polo and Reiter home.

Goenaga/Caldera - Cánovas/Piltcher

An interesting locking of horns followed, with birthday girl Carmen Goenaga and Beatriz Caldera facing Noa Cánovas and Brazilian Raquel Piltcher.

Goenaga turned 18 years old on Wednesday and played excellent padel to mark the occasion. Flying across the 20 by 10, she and Caldera quickly wrapped up the opening set as they took it 6-1.

Cánovas and Piltcher desperately tried to stop the bleeding in the next set, but there was no stopping the Spaniards. Breaking early, they took the second set 6-3 to book their ticket to Thursday's round of 16.

S. Alayeto/S. Alayeto (7) - Virseda/Las Heras

The Atomic Twins Mapi and Majo Sánchez Alayeto were in action next, the four-time number ones taking on underdogs Vero Virseda and Bárbara Las Heras at centre court.

Playing their typically attacking style, the twins soon had the first set in their back pocket as they broke twice and won it 6-2. It would not be as simple in the set after, however.

It became a real slugfest and it naturally went to a tie-break. Facing several set points, the Sánchez Alayeto sisters came back and then flipped the situation on its head. Using their wealth of experience, they did take their set (and match) points to close it out 6-2 7-6. They play Sofía Saiz and Marina Martínez next.

Castelló/Collombon - Fernández/Martínez

France's number one Alix Collombon and her Spanish counterpart Jessica Castelló faced qualifiers Claudia Fernández and Araceli Martínez in the penultimate match of the day.

The overwhelming favourites on the rankings, Collombon and Castelló showed why they were exactly that. The two-time Challenger winners from 2021 took the opening set 6-4.

Breaking their opponents' spirit, the second set was one-way traffic. The French-Spanish tandem broke at will and took the set 6-1 to advance to the final 16, where they play Delfi Brea and Julieta Bidahorria.

Navarro/Amatriaín (8) - Carnicero/Velasco

Two more former number ones featured in the final women's match on centre court on Wednesday. Carolina Navarro and Elisabet Amatriaín were in action against Esther Carnicero and Jimena Velasco.

In what turned out to be the longest match of the day, underdogs Carnicero and Velasco surprisingly took the opening set 4-6.

Navarro and Amatriaín had a comeback to make, and this is what they managed to do. They won the second set 6-3, and repeated that scoreline in the third and final frame to survive the first round.

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