An afternoon of strong emotions took place at Padel Plaza in Zaragoza with the women's last sixteen at the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open. The big attraction was, without a doubt, to watch the top four seeds in action.
The first match saw the number 2 seeds Gemma Triay and Lucía Sainz take on Aranzazu Osoro and Nelida Brito. The winners of the first Master of the season proved early on that they weren't in the mood for an upset. The players coached by Pablo Aymá won the first set 6-2. Given the court conditions, Lucia Sainz set an infernal tempo and Triay executed to perfection. The favourites left no room for a comeback and also won the second 6-2 to reach the quarters.
The surprise in this round came in the clash between Catalina Tenorio - Beatriz González and Sara Ruíz Soto - Gabriela Bartomioli. Ruiz and Bartomioli took control of the match early on and Tenorio/Gonzalez were made to pay the price for their inconsistency as they lost the first set 7-5. The favourites on paper looked to turn the tidee in the second set but they were given no chance by Bartomioli and Ruiz who won 6-3 and reached their first ever quarter finals.
Teresa Navarro and Victoria Iglesias tested Araceli Martínez and Esther Carnicero, who were in their first ever last sixteen. The Andalusians made the most of their experience to control from the start and won the first set 6-3. In the second set, the pairing coached by Javi Peña stepped it up even further and won 6-0 to fly through.
Elisabet Amatriaín and Patricia Llaguno were playing as the number 4 seeds once again and took on Verónica Vírseda and Sandra Hernández. A crazy start to the match saw nine breaks of serve with the score at 5-4. Patty and Eli were first to settle down and held their serve to win 6-4. This allowed them to play with much more calm in the second set, which they won 6-2.
The main attraction for the day was to watch local favourites Majo and Mapi Sánchez Alayeto take on Carla Mesa and Lucía Martínez. Majo and Mapi tested the waters in the opening four games and then started to loosen the chains. They made the net theirs and took the opening set 6-2. The twins didn't lower their standards in the second set and once again won 6-2 to book their place among the top eight pairings.
They were on the back of winning the Alicante Open and now Marta Marrero and Alejandra Salazar were putting their form to the est against Delfina Brea and Ana Catarina Nogueira. Surprisingly the Argentine and the Portuguese player took control at the start, finding themselves 5-2 up. But Juan Alday's players showed their grit with their backs against the wall. They took the next five games and won the set 7-5. Despite this bitter blow, Brea and Nogueira continued to cause problems for their opponents and forced a tiebreak. But here they fell just short again and Marrero and Salazar fought their way through to the next round.
Carolina Navarro and Cecilia Reiter got off to a flying start against Lorena Alonso and María Virginia Riera. Alonso and Riera were in the last sixteen for the second time this season but their run would come to a rotund end. The first set ended in 6-0 in favour of the pairing coached by Virginia Zamora. In the second set, Alonso and Riera found their identity to offer some more resistance but Reiter and Navarro still had the edge and won 6-3.
Marta Ortega and Ariana Sánchez's match against Alicia Blanco Rojo and Beatriz Caldera wouldn't be a walk in the park. In fact, Blanco and Caldera kept up with their opponents for most of the match. But the youngest duo ever to win an Open came out on top in every decisive moment. In both sets it was just one break in their favour what got the job done. 6-4 / 6-4 for the pairing coached by Rodri Ovide and Miguel Sciorilli to reach the quarter finals of the Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open.