An afternoon of golden padel awaited the spectators at the Madrid WOpen 2018, with the top 3 seeds in action for the first time.
Sainz/Triay vs Blanco/Caldera
The afternoon session began with second seeds Gemma Triay and Lucía Sainz taking on Alicia Blanco Rojo and Beatriz Caldera. The favourites paved the way to victory with a break in the second set and proved that they were in the same form that took them to the final in Lisbon. The first set was theirs, 6-1, in just over 25 minutes. Sainz and Triay started the second set with a break too and, again, played at a tempo that was too high for their oppoenents. Blanco and Caldera could only manage two games this time round, and went down 6-2 in 57 minutes.
Sánchez/Sánchez vs Galán Villalba
Next up was the chance for the fans to watch the world number one pairing in action as Majo and Mapi Sánchez Alayeto took on Alba Galán and Mari Carmen Villalba. The twins overcame the resistance put up by their opponents in the second game to open up a lead. Galan and Villalba had their chances to get back on level terms but didn't convert any break points. The twins controlled the net and Majo Sánchez Alayeto applied the finishing touches to win the first set 6-2 in just under 40 minutes. Galan and Villalba didn't drop their heads and broke in the first game of the second set but were broken back right away. The sisters coached by Jorge Martínez took control again and went up 4-1. The favourites at this WOpen sealed their place in the quarter finals moments later, winning 6-2.
Tenorio/González vs Mesa/Martínez
Cata Tenorio and Bea González played Lucía Martínez and Carla Mesa in the final match on court one. A match which, on paper, was the most even of them all in the second round. Martinez and Mesa opened up a lead in the first set by making the most of a shaky start from Tenorio and Gonzalez. 6-1 was the score in Martinez/Mesa's favour in the first set. The story changed in the second set and Gonzalez and Tenorio came out with a whole different demeanour. Still, it could have gone any way but it was Bea and Cata who just about claimed it 7-5 to force a third set.
One set to decide who would reach the quarter finals. Cata and Bea had turned around a match which almost seemed lost and that confidence drived them through. They ended up winning 6-2 and made it to the next round.
Virseda/Hernández vs Ortega/Sánchez
The last sixteen of the WOpen came to an end with Verónica Virseda and Sandra Hernández versus Marta Ortega and Ariana Sánchez. The number four seeds claimed their first advantage in the third game with a break. Ortega's consistency and Sanchez's execution had put them in front but they were broken back at 3-3. That's when Martita and Ari struck again and won the following three games to clinch the set at 6-3. In the second set they accelerated even more and broke a couple of times to win 6-1 in an hour and ten minutes.
The quarter finals of the Madrid WOpen 2018 await.