Shock knock-out as women's Swedish Open round of 32 rounds off

The women's Swedish Open round of 32 gave us our first big shock of the tournament as one of the favourites was knocked out straightaway!

Shock knock-out as women's Swedish Open round of 32 rounds off

The women's Swedish Open round of 32 saw a major upset as the female Circuit's tournament got underway on Wednesday.

Hosted at the We Are Padel club as for both pre-qualifying and qualifying in the days prior to the tournament, the first of the five rounds of the final draw gave us plenty of intrigue.

The sixth, seventh and eighth-seeded pairs were all in action, with one of them suffering a shock loss.

Goenaga / Caldera VS Carnicero / Velasco (6-3 / 7-6)

The first game in the women's Swedish Open round of 32 saw Carmen Goenaga and Beatriz Caldera face Esther Carnicero and Jimena Velasco.

Things were fairly equal in the first set, until Goenaga and Caldara managed to break halfway through the set. They held on to win the set 6-3.

While Carnicero and Velasco put up a much better fight in the second, it was not to be, as Goenaga and Caldera found a break very late in the set to take the win on Swedish soil after an hour and 40 minutes: 6-37-5.

Castelló / Collombon VS Martínez / Bidahorria (6-4 / 6-1)

Lucía Martínez and Julieta Bidahorria came into the Malmö Padel Open 2021 playing one of the break-out pairs of this season in Jessica Castelló and French star Alix Collombon.

The 10th seeded Castelló and Collombon started well, breaking serve at the very first time of asking. While they were broken back, they reinstalled their break's advantage once again. This time keeping their advantage, the set finished 6-4.

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In the second set, Collombon and Castelló were met with a lot less resistance. The pair that reached the quarter-finals in Cordoba broke several times with ease to win the set 6-1, and book their place in the round of 16.

Alayeto/ Alayeto (8) VS Nogueira / Araújo (6-4/6-1)

Third on the menu at the We Are Padel Club were María Pilar and María José Sánchez Alayeto. The Atomic Twins kicked off their tournament against Portuguese tandem Ana Catarina Nogueira and Sofía Araujo.

Both pairs are used to making it far into tournaments, and this translated to a high-intensity start of the match. The Sánchez Alayeto twins eventually did manage a way through, taking the first set 6-4.

It seemed to have broken the Portuguese resistance, as the Spanish sisters dominated the second set. Much more one-sided than the first, it finished 6-1 to put the twins through to the round of 16.

Virseda / Las Heras VS Osoro / Iglesias (7) (6-3 / 7-5)

Argually the best match of the day was between Verónica Virseda and Bárbara Las Heras against Cordoba Open semi-finalists Aranzazu Osoro and Victoria Iglesias.

The all-Spanish duo of Virseda and Las Heras surprisingly played the better padel in the first set, and this translated into a break in the eighth game. Taking a 5-3 advantage, they held serve to take the opening frame 6-3.

Seventh-seeded Osoro and Iglesias predictably started the second set aggressively, but were met with great resistance. Virseda and Las Heras held on time and again, and tied at 5-5, they struck back to break. After an hour and 40 minutes of battling, the 14th seed won 6-3 7-5 to upset the seventh-ranked pair.

Piltcher / Cánovas VS Soleymani / Girdo (6-2 /6-2)

On centre court, Raquel Piltcher and Noa Cánovas took on local heroes Baharak Soleymani and Amanda Girdo. The Brazilian Piltcher and her Spanish team-mate were in charge from the off, playing a gear higher than the Swedish duo and winning 6-2.

Despite having the support of the local fans, wild cards Soleymani and Girdo were second-best again in the second set. Piltcher and Cánovas showed no mercy, and repeated the score as they won 6-2 again to be amongst the best 16 pairs.

Fernández/Reiter VS Åkerberg/Paz (6-3/6-2)

On court 2 of the Malmö Arena, the veteran pair Ana Fernández and Cecilia Reiter took on Swedish player Anna Åkerberg and her Argentinian team-mate Celeste Paz.

A former number one for three years, Reiter showed her class in the first set, setting a tempo that could not be matched. She and Fernández took a break, and held on, winning 6-3.

Åkerberg and Paz again struggled to maintain serve in the second set, being broken quickly again, and then again. The 25th ranked pair Fernández and Reiter won 6-2, but will now face four-seed Virginia Riera and Patricia Llaguno in the round of 16.

Pujals / Traviesa  VS Bellver / Jensen (2-6 / 6-4 / 6-2)

The afternoon slate of games started off at 4 pm local time between Sandra Bellver and teenager Claudia Jensen as they faced off against Sara Pujals and Nicole Traviesa.

16-year-old Jensen particularly started the match off very impressively, playing a key role in the two breaks she and Bellver managed as they won the opening set 2-6.

Pujals and Traviesa came alive in the second set, looking much stronger than their opponents. They got a break and cruised to a 6-4 victory to force a third and final set.

The third set was more of the same, Traviesa and Pujals only growing stronger as they seemingly broke the spirit of their opponents. Mirroring the first set, they won 6-2 to go through in the tournament. They will play Delfina Brea and Tamara Icardo in the round of 16.

Brito/Sussarello VS Cortiles/Clasca (6-3 / 6-2)

The eighth match of the women's Swedish Open round of 32 saw Nelida Brito and Italian Giulia Sussarello square off against Anna Cortiles and Xenia Clasca.

As the ranking's favourites, Brito and Sussarello looked the better duo immediately. The 21st-seeded Cortiles and Clasca were second-best all match long, losing the first set 6-3.

Things only got worse in the second frame, the Spanish-Italian tandem only growing stronger and not giving their foes any chance. They broke twice and won 6-2 to through.

Navarro/Amatriaín VS Domínguez/Alonso (6-0/6-1)

The most one-sided match of the day came when Isabel Domínguez and Lorena Alonso faced Carolina Navarro and former number one Elisabet Amatriaín.

Navarro and Amatriaín, two tried and tested players at the very elite of padel, broke every single serve in the first set. It ended 6-0 in the blink of an eye.

Another break to start the second set was met with a counter-break from Domínguez and Alonso. This would be the last bit of resistance, however, as Navarro and Amatriaín won every game after to win the match 6-0 6-1 within the hour mark.

Cañellas / Godallier VS Orsi / Rodríguez (6-4 / 2-6 / 6-2)

Two internationals faced off in the tenth match of the day as Ariadna Cañellas and the French Léa Godallier would measure themselves against Italian ace Carolina Orsi and her Spanish team-mate Nuria Rodríguez.

The first set saw Cañellas and Godallier stamp their authority, the French-Spanish alliance breaking through to win it 6-4.

Rather than downing their arms, Orsi and Rodríguez responded brilliantly in the second frame. They gave it everything they had and it worked, breaking serve twice and winning this one 2-6.

Cañellas and Godallier then gave their rivals a taste of their own medicine, them now doing the breaking and saving their best padel for the final set. They took it in dominant fashion, winning 6-2 after almost two hours of play.

Galán/Navarro VS Talaván/Rufo (6-2 / 6-4 )

Court 2 at the We Are Padel Club saw Alba Galán and Teresa Navarro play a talented pair in Marta Talaván and Lorena Rufo.

Galán and Navarro started the Scandinavian tournament brilliantly, breaking twice in the first set as they quickly got a 6-2 up on the scoreboard.

The second set was much more equal, with things all-square after eight games. Then, the break did come, again falling for Galán and Navarro. They served for the match and won 6-4.

They are through to the round of 16, where two-seed Ariana Sánchez and Paula Josemaría await.

Ortega / González (6) VS Villalba / Mesa (6-2 / 6-2)

The final women's Swedish Open round of 32 game saw sixth-seeded Marta Ortega and Bea González play Mari Carmen Villalba and Carla Mesa.

The young powerful couple of Ortega and González were strong from the jump, playing at a very high level to start their tournament. Villalba and Mesa were mostly passengers as they were looking at a 6-2 deficit quickly.

In the second set, things did not change for the better from Villalba and Mesa's point of view. They went 5-0 down, broke back once, but did ultimately lose 6-2 again to the impressive Ortega and González.

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