There's no glory without pain

Mapi and Majo come back from a set down to win

There's no glory without pain

The women's semifinals of the Master Final began on Saturday with a classic between Mapi and Majo Sánchez Alayeto and former world number ones Patty Llaguno and Eli Amatraín.

Like in their last match against Gemma and Lucia, Patty and Eli saw their opponents take an early lead with a break in the first game. But that was the last sign of weakness from Llaguno and Amatriain in the first set as they fought back to force a tiebreak and win it. First set to Patty and Eli.

The bad news didn't end there for Jorge Martinez's pupils. After the break, Patty and Eli continued to dominate and went up 2-0. With their backs against the wall, the twins should all of their character to level the set and transfer the doubts to the other side of the net. So much so that the world number ones levelled the match at 6-4.

Everything was to be decided in a nail-biting in third set. Both pairings had put in so much of an effort by then that they'd required physio treatment. The number ones had a little bit more left in the tank and grabbed two consecutive breaks to win 6-1 after almost three hours. The Sanchez Alayetos will fight for their fourth Master Final.

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