Patty and Eli pull off the first surprise of the Estrella Damm Master Final

They defeat the third seeds 7-6/3-6/7-5

Patty and Eli pull off the first surprise of the Estrella Damm Master Final

The Tournament of Tournaments finally got underway. The Master Final 2018 began with the first match of the women's event between the number 5 and 3 pairings: Eli Amatriaín and Patty Llaguno versus Lucía Sainz and Gemma Triay.

Gemma and Lucia dominated at the start and broke at the beginning to go up 3-0, proving that they were eager to get the job done quickly. But after the change of ends Patty and Eli answered with a break that sent out a message to their opponents. They even had the chance to close out the set but were broken at 5-4. The set went into a tiebreak which Llaguno and Amatriain won.

The second set started in completely different fashion to the first. Patty and Eli gained control early on and opened up a 3-0 advantage. Lucia and Gemma reacted and took six games on the trot to win the set 6-3 and force a decider.

The third set had the tighest start of the lot at the Madrid Arena. Patty and Eli did break away at one stage, going up 3-1. But they were pegged back to 5-5. Amatriain and Llaguno struck one last and definitive blow and won 7-5 to reach the semi finals of the Master Final 2018.

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