One of the main incentives on the women's tour for the upcoming year is the big shuffle in pairings at the top end of the game. And of the most notable changes in said shake up is the coming together of Marta Marrero and Marta Ortega, a pairing that will surely be up there fighting for everything throughout the year.
Marta Ortega has long dropped the lable of up and coming star for that of a consolidated player on the World Padel Tour. In 2017, she became the youngest player ever to win an Open after her success alongside Ariana Sánchez. In 2018 they cemented their place as the number 4 pairing but they decided to put an end to their spell together. Ortega breath-taking tempo, talent and power will now be at the service of the former world number one, Marta Marrero.
For Marta Marrero, 2018 also signalled the end of a long lasting project alongside Alejandra Salazar. The Canary Islander reached the number one spot in 2016 with Salazar but a severe injury to the Madrid born player at the Valladolid Open 2017 left Marrero playing with Cata Tenorio until her return. In 2018, Marrero and Salazar parted ways after causing serious problems for the Sánchez Alayeto sisters. In fact, Juan Alday's pupils won six tournaments (including the Master Final) which is more than the world number ones. A new chapter begins for Marrero, where she will have to take a step forward and prove that she can lead this project. Power, execution and hard work are the tools that have taken Marrero to the top and which she hopes will work the same wonders with Marta Ortega.
This is how Marta Marrero revealed the identity of her partner for 2019:
— marta marrero marrer (@martamarreromar) 19 de diciembre de 2018