Gemma Triay, the first number one for three straight seasons

Triay has become the first woman to end three consecutive seasons as the number one in the WPT era.

Gemma Triay, the first number one for three straight seasons

After five straight titles, Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay came back to become 2022's number ones in World Padel Tour.

Triay became the three-time reigning number one of the world, something which has never before been achieved in WPT.

Below, we break down all three of the Menorca-born's title-winning campaigns!

Also read: Milestones that will or could be reached in the 2023 World Padel Tour season

 

2020: Ending on a high note

Triay played the bulk of her professional career alongside Lucia Sainz. First linking up in 2016, the 2020 season was their fifth and final one together.

A shortened season due to COVID-19, 2020 featured only 11 events. Sainz and Triay would not win any of the first five, and reach just one final.

They headed into the inaugural Sardegna Open as the five-seed, and something changed. All top three seeds were beaten by the rampant Triay and Sainz on their way to the title.

Lucia and Gemma would reach the final next in Triay's native island of Menorca, and win the last four tournaments of the season to end their partnership in the best possible way; as the number ones of the world.

2021: 'Triazar' takes over the world

Ahead of 2021, Triay switched over to play with Alejandra Salazar.

Salazar and Triay had battled in 2020 and would share the court, and took some tournaments to adjust.

With 'only' two titles in the first eight events, Salazar and Triay suddenly played themselves into red-hot form.

They rattled of 23 consecutive victories - the second-longest streak ever - and five consecutive titles to distance themselves from Paula Josemaria and Ariana Sanchez, and were crowned as number ones following their eighth title of the campaign in Cordoba.

 

2022: Ripping up the history books

Now the reigning number ones as a couple, Salazar and Triay seemed to have picked up where they left off in the year prior.

They picked up four of the first five titles, but suffered two early exits in Denmark and Marbella.

Josemaria and Sanchez behind them had clearly taken a leap from 2021, and were at their very best when Salazar and Triay started to drop off.

So much so, that Ari & Paula thrashed Ale & Gemma 6-1 6-1 in Stockholm and became the number one seed after winning the Madrid Master, their fourth straight title.

Almost two thousand points down with five tournaments to go, it was going to take something special for Salazar and Triay to dig themselves out of their hole.

Incredibly, however, they did just that. They won all five events, beating Josemaria and Sanchez in all five finals. 'Triazar' smashed Mapi and Majo Sanchez Alayeto's record of nine titles in a season, conquering an eye-watering 12 tournaments in 2022.

For the second season running, Salazar and Triay stood at the top. It was the hat-trick for Triay, and the first time any woman has been number one for three seasons running.

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