The last sixteen is no place for slip ups

An exciting day defined the quarter finals

The last sixteen is no place for slip ups

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The world number one pairing got the day underway. The Sánchez Alayeto sisters faced Ángela Caro and Nuria Rodríguez. Angela and Nuria defeated Carla Mesa and Marta Talavan in the first round and were on centre court for the first time at a major event. The twins didn't manage to reign at the Catalunya Master and are here with a vengeance. They won 6-1 / 6-1 to take a step further in that objective.

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The winners of the first event of the season, Sanyo Gutiérrez and Maxi Sánchez, were next up and wanted to continue their hot streak against Fede Chingotto and Juan Tello. The pairing from San Luis stamped their authority right from the start. Tello and Chingotto tried to stop them in their tracks but they came up against a wall. Sanyo and Maxi won 6-2 / 6-2.

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On court two it was time for Mati Díaz - Ale Galán versus Uri Botello - Javi Ruíz. Botello and Ruiz were on the back of the quarter finals at the Estrella Damm Catalunya Master, while Diaz and Galan were looking to show the same standard that they displayed at that same event. Diaz and Galan controlled the match and, although Ruiz and Botello found ways into the match at times, they ended up losing 6-3 / 6-3.

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Fernando Belasteguín and Pablo Lima face Alicante with the same excitement as a rookie. They didn't reach the final at the first Master of the season and, for the dominant force on tour, that only furthers their desire to win. They were up against one of the most fascinating pairings right now, Marcello Jardim and Agustín Tapia. Bela and Lima came out strong and sentenced the first set in the blink of an eye (6-1). In the second set, Tapia displayed his magic and Jardim his control. The young Argentine moved around the court quickly and managed to break the number one seeds. But Fernando and Pablo broke back and then broke again at the end to win the match 6-4.

WOMEN

Marta Ortega and Ari Sánchez squared off against Lorena Alonso and Virginia Riera. Lorena and Virginia sprung a surprise in the first set with some spectacular padel which stunned their young opponents. At a set down, Rodrigo Ovide's pupils dug deep. Ortega's volleys started to function, as did Sanchez's angles at the net, and that helped them to win the second set 6-2. Riera and Alonso were dreaming of their first quarter finals but Sanchez and Ortega dashed those aspirations by winning 6-3.

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Next on centre court was Juan Martín Díaz - Paquito Navarro vs Gabi Reca - Fernando Poggi. The pairing coached by Manu Martin broke right at the start but Echegaray's pupils responded and opened up an advantage thanks to an excellent Navarro and effective Diaz. They won the first set 6-3. The second set was an even contest at the start. Poggi and Reca were a break down but tried everything to stay alive and they made the third seeds workd hard. The final score was 6-3, with Navarro and Diaz going through to the next round.

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The last match at the Pedro Ferrandiz was between Alejandra Salazar - Marta Marrero and Alba Galán - Mari Carmen Villalba. An even first set combined moments of brilliance with unforced errors. Alba and Mari Carmen kept up with Salazar and Marrero's pace, although a break ended up giving the set to Juan Alday's pupils. In the second set, the pairing coached by Choya felt the effects of their effort in the first and had no answer for Ale and Marta, who won 6-2.

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The last match on court two was Cata Tenorio - Bea González vs Ana Fernández de Ossó - Maite Gabarrús. Ana and Maite proved from the start that they wanted to win the match at all costs and they ended up taking the first set. The second set was a constant up and down of breaks in which Gabarrus and Fernandez served for the match but Tenorio and Gonzalez ended up prevailing 7-5. The third and final set of the day went to Tenorio and Gonzalez, who came back from a set down for the second consecutive time.

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