Salazar and Triay get going in women's Cordoba Open round of 16

The number one pairing, who have won the last four tournaments, made their tournament debut at the women's Cordoba Open round of 16

Salazar and Triay get going in women's Cordoba Open round of 16

The women's Cordoba Open is in full swing, with the round of 16 providing us with plenty of drama and exciting as eight pairs of players were sent packing.

It was the first time seeing Ale Salazar and Gemma Triay in action this tournament as they look to keep their historic 17-game winning streak going.

Osoro/Iglesias (7) VS Virseda/Las Heras (6-1 / 6-3)

The women's Cordoba Open round of 16 started at the Club La Catedral del Pádel facilities. The first two pairs to play were seventh-seeded Aranzazu Osoro and Victoria Iglesias against underdogs Bárbara Las Heras and Verónica Virseda.

Aranzu and Iglesias broke serve at the very first time of asking to get things going. Las Heras and Virseda tried to get back at their foes, almost getting back in it at 4-1, but were broken again instead. The first set went to the favourites 6-1.

After losing the first frame, Virseda and Las Heras looked much better in the second set. Things were all level halfway through at 3-3, but around the hour-mark of the game, Osoro and Iglesias broke. That made it 5-3, and they kept their serve to book their ticket to the quarter-finals. 6-16-3.

Sánchez/Josemaría (2) VS Caro/Soriano (6-1 / 6-3)

Next on the menu was one of the pairs tipped to go all the way in Cordoba, two-seed Ariana Sánchez and Paula Josemaría. They played their first game in almost a month, and did so against Arantxa Soriano and Ángela Caro.

Sánchez and Josemaría both have MVP awards in their pocket, and they asserted their dominance straight away with a first game break. Soriano and Caro showed hunger to compete but lacked the intensity and ruthlessness of their opponents. The first set finished 6-1 to the two-seed.

The start of the second set was similar, with Sánchez and Josemaría showing why they are among the favourites to win the tournament. Caro and Soriano again scratched and clawed, but while they won more games in the second set, it still went to the opponents. Ari and Paula are through 6-1, 6-3.

Riera / Llaguno (4) VS Martínez/Saiz (6-0 / 6-3)

The second game played at 'La Catedral del Pádel' saw the fourth-ranked pair in the world, Virginia Riera and Patricia Llaguno against pair number 29, Marina Martínez and Sofía Saiz. The latter had already played three games, having to play through qualify as well as the round of 32, but were playing the round of 16 for consecutive tournaments.

Riera and Patty Llaguno were the overwhelming favourites, and it showed right off the bat. The tried and tested pair were superior in every facet and after just 20 minutes, the scoreboard showed 6-0.

Martínez and Saiz looked much more composed in the second set, breaking first and perhaps surprising Riera and Llaguno. After being 2-0 down, however, they turned on the heat, mounting a comeback over their young opponents and winning six of the next seven games. The second set finished 6-3.

Salazar / Triay (1) VS Talaván / Rufo

The first and the last of the top 10 pairs in women's padel played next as Gemma Triay and Alejandra Salazar kicked off their Cordoba Open against Marta Talaván and Lorena Rufo. While Triay and Salazar are on the second-biggest winning streak in World Padel Tour history at 17 games, Talaván and Rufo entered the game having just won the previous round 6-0, 6-1.

Winners of the last four tournaments, Salazar and Triay quickly raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set. While Talaván and Rufo got a few games, it was never enough to last: the opening frame ended 6-2.

The second act was a carbon copy, again Ale and Triay taking a 3-0 lead. Despite surviving multiple match points, Rufo and Talaván could not manage to force the number ones to a third set. This game finished 6-2, 6-3.

Ortega / González (6) VS Collombon / Castelló (5-7 / 6-1 / 6-7 (6))

The second game of the second day of the Cervezas Victoria Córdoba Open was played on, you guessed it, court 2. It gave us a spectacular three-set epic between the tandems Alix Collombon-Jessica Castelló and Marta Ortega-Bea González. The French Collombón and the Spaniard Castelló came into Cordoba in fine form, winning the Tau Cerámica Alfafar Challenger 2021 previously. They faced expert competition however in two young stars in World Padel Tour.

The first set was a sign of things to come, with things hanging very much in the balance. With a break and a counter-break, things were tied late-on. Underdogs Collombon and Castelló eventually grabbed it 7-5.

The second set was completely different, Ortega and González turning things about by a few notches. They were on a mission, winning the set 6-1 to force a deciding set.

The third act would take the game past the two-hour mark. Going all the way to a tie break, Ortega and González opened with serve. However, it was the pair of Collombon and Caselló who would take a shock win, claiming the tiebreak and with it, a ticket to the quarter-finals. This one finished 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (6)

Brea/Icardo (5) VS Piltcher/Cánovas (6-0 / 6-0)

The last game at the Club de La Catedral del Pádel on Thursday featured the fifth seed, Delfina Brea and Tamara Icardo, against 23rd ranked Raquel Piltcher and Noa Cánovas.

Brea and Icardo were not in a mood to hang around and were utterly ruthless as a result. Not giving their Brazilian and Spanish opponents a single game, the first act finished 6-0.

Technical ability, determination and winners were in abundance for Brea and Icardo, who would repeat the same score in the second frame. Another 6-0 saw them rout Piltcher and Cánovas, who go home without ever getting the 0 next to their names off the scoreboard.

Marrero/Sainz (3) VS Martínez/Bidahoirria (6-0 / 2-2) - Injury

Next in the running order we had a former number one on the court, Marta Marrero-Lucía Sainz vs Lucía Martínez-Julieta Bidahorria. After reaching the final in Menorca, Marrero and Sainz will be hoping to go one better here in Cordoba.

Although they are still a relatively new pair, Sainz and Marrero were absolutely flying in the first set, not giving Martínez and Bidahorria a chance as they won 6-0.

The dynamic of the game changed in the second set. Things were much more levelled until disaster struck at two games apiece. 40 minutes into the match, Lucía Martínez was forced to abandon the game with a calf injury. While it was not the way they wanted it to happen, Marrero and Sainz are through to the quarter-finals of the Cordoba Open. 6-02-2.

Alayeto/Alayeto (8) VS Cortiles/Clascá (6-2 / 6-4)

Anna Cortiles-Xenia Clasca and Mapi Sánchez-Majo Sánchez was the dessert for the day, the final contest of the women's Cordoba Open round of 16. The Atomic Twins were looking to get through to the last eight of the tournament after missing the last two through Majo's injury.

And the Sánchez Alayeto sisters started this game with that motivation and excitement, breaking twice to take the reins of the game: 6-2.

The Catalan combination of Cortiles and Clascá seemed to have learned from the first set, coping much better with the twins' artillery in the second frame. Nothing could split the two pairs after eight games, but then the break did come from the former number ones. They saw it out, it finished 6-4, and we will see Mapi and Majo Sánchezin Friday's quarter finals.

 

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