It's good to have you back!

Alejandra Salazar and Marta Marrero return to a final nine months later

It's good to have you back!

After seven months out injured, the time had come for Alejandra Salazar to step back out onto centre court. Alongside Marta Marrero she had the difficult task of taking on Marta Ortega and Ariana Sánchez. After a morning of surprises and brilliant points, the fans at the Olimpic de Badalona wanted more. In the first set Ale and Marta took the lead but it was their younger opposition who broke first and had the chance to finish the first set in the tenth game. But Marrero and Salazar found a way back in it. The first set went to a tiebreak and Salazar displayed her class to guide Marta Marrero to win 7-1.

It was clearly going to be a long match. Martita and Ari came out in the second set with the hope of forcing a decider. They quickly grabbed a break but Alday's girls hit back in the eighth game. At 4-4, things went up another notch. Sciorilli's pupils managed a decisive break and closed out the set at 6-4.

It was all or nothing in the third set. A set to decide who would reach the final of the Estrella Damm Catalunya Master. Martita and Ari wanted to continue proving themselves and it was an even contest during the first three games but then Ale and Marta stepped on the accelerator and won 6-2 to reach the final.

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