One Swede, three internationals survive Areco Malmö Padel Open pre-qualifying

Just one of the 18 Swedish players participating in the Malmö Padel Open pre-qualifying made it out alive as things wrapped up on Monday morning.

One Swede, three internationals survive Areco Malmö Padel Open pre-qualifying

Monday was the second and final day of the men's pre-qualifying for the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021, and it was a bit of a bloodbath for all of the participating Swedish players.

Just one of the 18 total Swedish and 23 Scandinavian players made it out of pre-qualy and into the qualifying round, which starts Monday afternoon and finishes on Tuesday evening.

The We Are Padel club was the venue for the eight pre-qualy finals, which saw three international players make it out alive.

Malmö Padel Open pre-qualifying

Proceedings on Monday morning got underway with Borja Yribarren and Jaime Fermosell, who dispatched Alex Cinca and Juan Martínez in 40 minutes 6-2 6-0. The difference in ranking between the 43rd and 71st listed pair really showed as Cinca and Martínez never really had anything to say.

The next game was not as one-sided as Claudio Lanzinger and Ignacio Vilariño triumphed over David Fernández y Ricardo Martínez. In a game lasting almost two hours, it finished 7-6, 1-6, 6-3 to Lanzinger and Vilariño.

While Swedish tandem Christoffer Persson and John Larsson did well to reach the pre-qualy final, they could not impact it the way they would have wanted. Their Spanish opponents Pablo Castillo and Boris Castro were much the better side, first winning 6-2, and 7-6 in a second set that was much more equal.

Pre-qualy's highest-seeded pair Nicolás Suescun and Gonzalo Godo Díaz were next, facing another Spanish duo in Daniel Bressel and David Antolín. The favourites took care of business within an hour, winning with a double 6-2 to make it through to qualy.

Second half of pre-qualy

Another pair to make it to qualy was the one of Jaime Menéndez and Adrián Ronco thanks to their toughly-contested win over Ignacio Sager and Luis Alfonso Chacón. It took the two Madrid-born players three sets, but they won 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Alonso Rodríguez and Pablo Cardona were met with less resistance in their final, playing another A. Rodríguez in Adrián Rodríguez and Javier Navarro. While the game lasted almost an hour and a half, it finished 6-2 6-3.

Italian duo Simone Cremona and Marco Cassetta were the only fully international - non Spanish or Argentinian - pair to make it through. Despite going a set down, they beat Carlos Pérez and Emiliano Martin 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

One of the big surprises in pre-qualy was delivered by Daniel Appelgren and Raúl Medina. The Swedish-Spanish partnership claimed the last ticket to qualy by beating Pedro Meléndez and Cristóbal García 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 20 minutes.

Finally, thanks to the absence of Martín Piñeiro and Uruguayan Diego Ramos, there was a "Lucky Loser" draw to select a pair to take their place in qualy. It will be Ignacio Sager and Luis Alfonso Chacón this time who will get a second bite at the apple.

Have a look below at the full qualifying draw for the Areco Malmö Padel Open 2021:

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