Mapi and Araujo pass debut with flying colours in Danish Padel Open 2022

The first half of the Danish Padel Open 2022 round of 32 came and went on Tuesday as six of the 12 matches were disputed at the Royal Stage Hillerød.

Mapi and Araujo pass debut with flying colours in Danish Padel Open 2022

The first half of the Danish Padel Open 2022 round of 32 came and went on Tuesday as six of the 12 matches were disputed at the Royal Stage Hillerød.

It featured a Danish debut in World Padel Tour, another debut for the temporary pair of Mapi Sánchez Alayeto and Sofia Araújo.

A lot of drama and intrigue then in Copenhagen. Here is how all six women's round of 32 matches shook out.

Navarro/Amatriaín vs Navarro/Godallier

Nine-seed and former number ones Carolina Navarro and Eli Amatriaín played the French-Spanish tandem of Teresa Navarro and Léa Godallier first at centre court.

Amatriaín and Navarro were the favourites heading into the match, but their opponents did not care as they took the lead of the first set and won it 6-4.

Things only got worse in the second set. The initial break from Godallier and Navarro was cancelled out, but they got two more to close the match out 6-2 and go through to the round of 16.

Saiz/Martínez vs Pascual/Rufo

An all-Spanish duel was next as Sofía Saiz and Marina Martínez played the temporary partnership of Lourdes Pascual and Lorena Rufo.

While Rufo's normal partner Araújo plays with Mapi in Copenhagen, the youngster got on just fine with Pascual.

They won the opening set 7-5, and while the match was stretched to three sets after a 3-6, Rufo and Pascual retaliated with a 6-3 of their own. The 17th seed are through to the round of 16.

Goenaga/Caldera vs Castelló/Collombon

The young Spanish duo of Bea Caldera and Carmen Goenaga were in action next-up against the tenth-seeded Jessica Castelló and French number one Alix Collombon.

In another three-set epic, Collombon and Castelló were cruising after winning 2-6 in the opening frame.

However, Caldera and Goenaga regrouped and dragged out a 7-5 in the second set, and followed it up with a 6-1 to come back and win the match at the Royal Stage.

Martínez/Carnicero vs Talaván/Rodríguez

Brussels semi-finalists Lucía Martínez and Esther Carnicero featured against the solid pairing of Marta Talaván and Nuria Rodríguez.

Carnicero and Martínez were keen to show Brussels was not just a one-off and raced out off the blocks in Denmark.

Winning 6-2 once, they repeated the trick in the second set to go through via a double 6-2.

Polo/Reiter vs Bassett/Rasmussen

Julia Polo and former number one Ceci Reiter took to centre court next against the Danish duo of Trine Pi Bassett and Maria Rasmussen.

The wild cards Bassett and Rasmussen became the first-ever Danes to compete in World Padel Tour, doing so in front of their home fans.

Polo and Reiter were quick to dispatch the veteran duo, however, winning 6-2 6-0 in under an hour to put themselves through to their first round of 16 of the season.

Alayeto/Araújo (8) vs Fernández/Soriano

Finally, the highest-seeded pairing in action on Tuesday Mapi Sánchez Alayeto and Sofia Araújo were in action against Ana Fernández and Arantxa Soriano.

While her twin sister Majo is nursing a calf injury, Mapi is playing alongside the Portuguese Araújo.

Their debut went swimmingly, beating Fernández and Soriano with a convincing 6-3 6-2.

 

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