No slip-ups for top seeds in women's Malmö Padel Open quarter-finals

The women's Malmö Padel Open quarter-finals on Friday gave us four two-setters as the four top seeded pairs all made it through to the semi-finals unscathed.

No slip-ups for top seeds in women's Malmö Padel Open quarter-finals

The women's Malmö Padel Open quarter-finals on Friday gave us four two-setters as the four top seeded pairs all made it through to the semi-finals unscathed.

Third-seeded Marta Marrero and Lucía Sainz did not participate in the tournament at all as Marrero pulled out injured. The four highest-seeded pairs present, however, will all be in Saturday's semi-finals.

Here is what happened in the early games on Friday in Scandinavia in the final Open for the women's Circuit!

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Sánchez/Josemaría (2) VS Ortega/González (6) (6-1 / 6-2)

The first game at centre court in the Malmö Arena was a very good one on paper between number two pair Ariana Sánchez and Paula Josemaría and young stars Marta Ortega and Bea González.

An all-Spanish affair, Sánchez and Josemaría started this game off on the upper hand. Ortega and González, who had dispatched their opponents in previous rounds, were sloppy and allowed their opponents to break multiple times. The set finished 6-1 to the number twos.

Things did not change in the second set, Sánchez and Josemaría breaking straightaway as they went on the offensive. So much so that they found another break against Ortega and González, who were never comfortable in the match. It finished 6-2, and Cordoba's finalists are still alive.

Brea/Icardo (5) VS Alayeto/Alayeto (8) (6-2 / 6-4)

The other early game saw a winning combination this year, Delfina Brea and Tamara Icardo, take on one of the most successful duo's in World Padel Tour history in Mapi and Majo Sánchez Alayeto.

The Atomic Twins were not playing their best padel to start this game off, Brea and Icardo very much dictating the tempo in the opening stages. At 1-1, the fifth seed broke two straight times, winning the opening frame 6-2.

The Spanish sisters needed a response, but were broken immediately. Staring down the barrel of defeat, they gave it all they could but could not draw level.

Brea and Icardo were comfortable, and saw the match out to book another ticket to a semi-final as they won 6-4 in the second set.

Salazar/Triay (1) VS Goenaga/Caldera (6-3 / 6-2)

The second and final game at centre court in the women's Malmo Padel Open quarter-finals saw the number ones Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay square off against a very young but equally talented duo in Carmen Goenaga and Beatriz Caldera.

Salazar and Triay, who are 22 matches unbeaten and have won the last five tournaments, are very much the pair to beat at the moment. 17-year-old Goenaga looked impressively unfazed by the queens of padel, however. A gold point at 3-2 down, the teenager and Caldera played an excellent point to keep their service and tie it up at three games each. Their next service game would not be as successful though, as they were broken and fell 6-3.

While still struggling and resisting, Goenaga and Caldera were simply outclassed by Salazar and Triay in the second set. With their typical ruthlessness, they broke twice from 2-2 onwards, and ran away with the set 6-2 to book their place in the semis.

Riera/Llaguno (4) VS Virseda/Las Heras (6-3 / 6-2)

While the number ones were playing on centre court, fourth-seeded Virginia Riera and Patricia Llaguno were busy on court 2 as they played Verónica Virseda and Barbara Las Heras.

The discrepancy in ranking has not been an issue for Virsea and Las Heras, who knocked out seventh-placed Aranzazu Osoro and Victoria Iglesias earlier, but was apparent on Friday.

Riera and Llaguno were in control from the off and had an answer for everything thrown their way, and won the opening frame with authority 6-3.

Not much changed in the second set, the experienced couple only growing stronger as the match progressed. Sensing the opportunity to kill the game off, they broke twice and won 6-2 to make a semi-finals appearance once more.

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