Marrero and Salazar win an epic quarter final against Marta and Ari

They win a dramatic three setter in almost three hours

Marrero and Salazar win an epic quarter final against Marta and Ari

The action came to an end at Pádel Plaza with the last quarter final between the number 3 and 5 ranked pairings on the World Padel Tour.

The winners of the recent Estrella Damm Alicante OpenMarta Marrero and Alejandra Salazar face off against Marta Ortega and Ariana SánchezThe last quarter final would be the most evenly matched of them all. Two pairings that have already experienced long battles against each other. Marrero and Salazar broke in the ninth game to lead 5-4 and serve for the set, but Ortega and Sanchez rallied back to force a tiebreak. Here it was Rodrigo Ovide's pupils who came out on top to win the first set 7-6 in an hour and twenty minutes.

Salazar and Marrero looked to turn things around in the second set. A tremendous start to the set saw them take the first three games. They switched up their game, playing more aggressively and looking to take control, and it paid off for them. Ortega and Sanchez got it back to 3-3 but Salazar and Marrero pulled ahead again right at the death and won the set 6-4. In the third set, Marta and Ari gained the first advantage by leading 3-2. This disappeared in the seventh game however and the match would have to be decided in a tiebreak. Marrero and Salazar made the most of their greater experience and won the match in 2 hours and 28 minutes.

 

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