Josemaría/Sánchez come back, top seeds flex muscles in Toulouse

Day two of the Human French Padel Open 2022 main draw took place on Thursday with the round of 16 seeing all top four seeds making their debuts.

Josemaría/Sánchez come back, top seeds flex muscles in Toulouse

Day two of the Human French Padel Open 2022 main draw took place on Thursday with the round of 16 seeing all top four seeds making their debuts.

It is the first Open on French soil after the country had already hosted three Challenger events in the past, with one local player still alive in the second round.

See what happened in Alix Collombon's match as well as the other seven round of 16 match-ups!

Salazar/Triay (1) vs Borrero/Alonso

The first couple out on centre court was the reigning number one, Gemma Triay and Alejandra Salazar, who faced Marta Borrero and Alejandra Alonso.

Borrero and Alonso came all the way from pre-qualifying and were already playing their sixth tournament match. Salazar and Triay only just got started, meanwhile, and broke twice in the first set to win 6-2.

It was more of the same in the second set, teenagers Borrero and Alonso showing flashes of brilliance but ultimately not being able to cope with the number ones.

After exactly an hour, the match finished 6-2 6-1.

Sainz/Marrero (5) vs Clascá/Pappacena

Former number ones Lucía Sainz and Marta Marrero were the first players to step onto court 2 on Thursday, taking on qualifiers Xenia Clascá and Chiara Pappacena.

In another quick match, Sainz and Marrero were on top from start to finish, never giving their Italian-Spanish opposition a look in.

The first set finished 6-2 via a double break to the veterans, and they followed it up with the very same score in the second set.

After an hour and 4 minutes, the match ended 6-2 6-2.

Osoro/Iglesias (7) vs Caldera/Rodríguez

Seventh-seeded Aranza Osoro and Victoria Iglesias looked to get into the quarter-finals on court 3, playing the capable duo of Bea Caldera and Nuria Rodríguez.

In a very close match, Osoro and Iglesias only needed a single break in each set to get a ticket to the final eight on Friday.

The Argentinian-Spanish tandem won via a double 6-4 after an hour and 53 minutes.

Brea/Icardo (6) vs Nogueira/Villalba

After making their first semi-finals last time out in Vienna, six-seed Delfi Brea and Tamara Icardo took to Toulouse against Ana Catarina Nogueira and Mari Carmen Villalba.

Icardo and Brea are hitting their stride after a difficult start to the campaign, and they continued to impress on Thursday.

Nogueira and Villalba hung around in the first set, which eventually finished 6-3 to Brea and Icardo, and in the second, it got more out of hand.

The favourites were unstoppable and almost swept the set, finally taking it 6-1 to go through to the quarter-finals.

Josemaría/Sánchez (2) vs Collombon/Castelló

The most in-form pair of the moment are two-seed Ariana Sánchez and Paula Josemaría, who won the last two tournaments in Marbella and Vienna.

They started their campaign in France against the country's number one player Alix Collombon and her Spanish team-mate Jessica Castelló, and it was the underdogs who surprisingly started out on top.

Winning the opening set 3-6, Collombon and Castelló shockingly found themselves in pole position to cause a big upset.

However, Ari and Paula responded in the second set, winning with a 6-3 of their own, and followed it up in the third with yet another 6-3 to go through to the quarter-finals.

Ortega/González (3) vs Piltcher/Pujals

Three-seed Marta Ortega and Bea González are in a rough patch after losing in two round of 16 matches in a row, and looked to get back in the driver's seat against qualifiers Raquel Piltcher and Sara Pujals.

The winners in Denmark started the first set with consecutive breaks, and while being counter broken once, they won the set 6-2 on their opponents' service.

It was more of the same in the second set, Ortega and González imposing their aggressive and attacking style onto the match and getting multiple breaks to show for their efforts.

After an hour and 14 minutes, it finished with a double 6-2 at centre court.

Alayeto/Alayeto (8) vs Martínez/Soriano

Atomic Twins Mapi and Majo Sánchez Alayeto were in action against Ara Martínez and Arantxa Soriano in the final match on court 3 on Thursday.

Despite being overwhelming favourites, the Alayeto twins struggled to get on top of the first set. It went all the way to the tie-break, which finished 7-6(5) to Mapi and Majo.

Things were more straightforward in the second set, where Martínez and Soriano were broken early by the aggressive Mapi and Majo. After an hour and 53 minutes, the match finished 7-6(5) 6-3.

Las Heras/Virseda vs Talaván/Araújo

Finally, Marbella finalists Bárbara Las Heras and Verónica Virseda came in action against the exciting new duo of Marta Talaván and Nuria Rodríguez.

In one of the longest matches of the day, Talaván and Araújo were looking to cause another upset as they have done in the past. They took the set 6-7(5) after a long tie-break.

In the second set, Las Heras and Virseda snapped back into life, and ran to 6-3 to force a decider. In that decider, the in-form duo completed the comeback to win 6-7(5) 6-3 6-1 and go through to the quarter-finals.

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