Master Final placement and number one status - What's at stake at the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021

A lot of things are at stake at the Malmö Padel Open including number-one status and Master Final placement, get up-to-date here!

Master Final placement and number one status - What's at stake at the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021

The third Areco Malmö Padel Open is set to start this week as the 2021 season is nearing its conclusion. There is a lot at stake in Sweden in both Circuits, but we have compiled some of the most crucial ones.

Number one status is still up for grabs in the men's bracket, and so are the final Master Final tickets in The Race 2021 in both rankings. More than enough at stake at the spectacular Malmö Arena then for the fans to be treated to top-class padel!

What's at stake in the Men's Circuit

A lot of things are still to be decided in the men's Circuit. With just three tournaments left excluding the Master Final, players are running out of time to move up the rankings.

Alejandro Galán and Juan Lebrón are still on top of those rankings as the Circuit touches down in Scandinavia. Both Spaniards have 12.785 points, with Paquito Navarro in hot pursuit. The man from Sevilla is 3.050 points behind them and his Argentinian partner Martín Di Nenno 3.235 points behind the leaders.

However, reaching five straight finals and winning last time out in Cordoba, confidence is flying high for the number two pair. With 5.000 points still available in 2021, it will be very difficult but not impossible for Paquito to reclaim number one status.

A bit further down the rankings, there is a fierce battle for placement in the Master Final. The last tournament of the year and the climax of the season, the top 16-ranked players qualify. The Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021 will see the battle between teenager Arturo Coello, on the outside looking in, against Jerónimo Momo González and Javi Rico to get placement for the Master Final.

Partnered with Fernando Belasteguín since Menorca, Coello is just 55 points outside of the top 16. Another good outing could see him leapfrog González and Rico.

Rematches

With the draw known for the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021, some tasty rematches could be on the cards if things shake out as one would expect.

Should both pairs make it to the quarter-finals, Lebrón and Galán would play Álex Ruiz and Franco Stupaczuk, the pair who knocked the number ones out in the Cordoba Open semi-finals. Belasteguín and Coello could also play Sanyo Gutiérrez and Agustín Tapia as they did in the Cordoba Open, which was one of the matches of the tournament.

What's at stake in the Women's Circuit

Number one status has been mathematically wrapped up by Gemma Triay and Alejandra Salazar after their triumph in Cordoba. It was their fifth straight tournament win. They will look to keep their 21-game winning streak alive, which is the second-longest in women's WPT history. Nine more wins would see them equal the Sánchez Alayeto twins, who won 30 straight matches in 2017.

A battle to keep an eye on is for the number four-ranked pair. Virginia Riera and Patricia Llaguno currently hold these positions with 13.800 points, but have young stars Delfina Brea and Tamara Icardo in their wake at 13.624 points. With an eye on seeding for the Master Final, being the fourth or fifth pair could prove vital to go a long way. The Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021 is the women's final tournament before it, so it is the last chance to become the fourth seed for Brea and Icardo.

For Lucía Sainz and Marta Marrero, it is all about looking for their first tournament win since reuniting as a duo, already gelling very nicely last time out in Cordoba. Young stars Marta Ortega and Bea González, who also reunited as a partnership, will also look for their first piece of silverware to boost confidence levels ahead of the Master Final in December in Madrid.

All in all, a lot of reasons to tune in for the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021!

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