Major upsets in women's Circus Brussels Padel Open 2022 round of 16

The Circus Brussels Padel Open 2022 round of 16 on Thursday has seen many shock results as multiple top four pairings have been knocked out.

Major upsets in women's Circus Brussels Padel Open 2022 round of 16

The Circus Brussels Padel Open 2022 round of 16 on Thursday has seen many shock results as multiple top four pairings have been knocked out.

All top four seeds made their tournament debut in the Belgian capital, but more than one of them saw their adventure end right then and there.

Both the Tour & Taxis and the supporting YC5 Club housed the round. Without further ado, this is what went down in all eight women's round of 16 matches.

First at the YC5 Club were seven-seed Aranza Osoro and Victoria Iglesias against the pre-qualifying pairing of Nela Brito and Amanda Girdo. Girdo was the first Swede ever to qualify for a main draw let alone a round of 16, but the adventure ended on Thursday. Osoro and Iglesias beat them within the hour 6-2 6-0, allowing them passage to the quarter-finals.

The biggest upset of the day came when Esther Carnicero and Lucía Martínez played two-seed Ariana Sánchez and Paula Josemaría. Sánchez and Josemaría had not dropped a single set all season in every round except the finals and had made seven consecutive finals coming into Brussels.

In the first set, Carnicero and Martínez were unstoppable, winning it 6-2. Ari and Paula scratched and clawed their way back, taking the second set 5-7, but the script was flipped again in the final set, which finished 6-3. One of the upsets of the season!

Number threes Virginia Riera and Patricia Llaguno had fewer problems in their bid against Sofía Saiz and Marina Martínez. The tournament-winning pairing sweeped the first set 6-0, and while they had some mercy in the second set, they took it with a comfortable 6-3 to put them through to the quarter-finals.

Ana Nogueira and Mari Carmen Villalba were going to face Mapi and Majo Sánchez Alayeto, but the Atomic Twins could not start the match because of a calf injury to Majo.

Also read: Majo Sánchez Alayeto withdraws from Circus Brussels Padel Open 2022 with injury

At the Tour & Taxis on court 2, four-seed Delfi Brea and Tamara Icardo started their Brussels Padel Open against Jessica Castelló and the French Alix Collombon.

In an unbelievable battle in Belgium, it was the underdogs Castelló and Collombon who struck gold in the first set, taking it 6-3. Brea and Icardo, who won two Opens in 2021, came back with a 4-6 of their own, but the French-Spanish tandem were just too strong. Another 6-3 in the third set saw them knocked out it what was another upset on Thursday.

Another absolute grudge match followed on court 2 as former number ones Lucía Sainz and Marta Marrero took on Carla Mesa and young Claudia Jensen.

Mesa and Jensen had reached the Challenger final earlier this year and again showed they are capable to compete with the very best. Tied at 5-5, Sainz and Marrero edged the first set 7-5, but after another very long set, Mesa and Jensen won via tiebreak 6-7(3).

In the third and final frame, the veterans Marrero and Sainz, with 37 WPT titles between them, managed to turn the tide once more, breaking once to win 6-4 and survive into the quarter-finals on Friday.

Marrero's former team-mate Marta Ortega was next on court 2 with Bea González against Nuria Rodríguez and Marta Talaván. Ortega and González are yet to miss a quarter-final in 2022, and they were not planning on breaking that streak on Thursday.

They blew their rivals out of the water in the first set, which finished 6-1 to the sixth seed. In the second set, things were slower and more bogged down. One break would prove to be the difference as Marta and Bea won 6-1 6-4.

Finally, reigning number ones Gemma Triay and Alejandra Salazar were in action against two former number ones in Carolina Navarro and Eli Amatriaín. Two of the three times these two pairs had faced each other in 2022, it went to three sets, and it would do once again in Brussels.

The nine-seed took the first set 3-6, but the number ones responded with a 6-2 in the second set and a 6-1 in the third, striking back with ferocity to go through to the quarter-finals.

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