Majo and Mapi Sánchez Alayeto have been competing at the top for over a decade. A long career which has seen them rise to the top; a position they defended in 2018. After getting back to first in 2017, the challenge facing them this year was huge, given the fact that they had to defend a whopping nine titles. After losing in the semifinals of the first tournament, the Estrella Damm Catalunya Master, Majo and Mapi Sánchez Alayeto realised the magnitude of the task they were facing. In fact, the number ones had to wait until the Caja Rural Jaén Open to win their first title of 2018. In those first four tournaments, the players coached by Jorge Martínez saw two formidable opponents surge: Gemma Triay and Lucía Sainz, who won in Badalona in Zaragoza (saving up to 8 match points in the final against the twins) and Marta Marrero and Alejandra Salazar who were back after the latter overcame her injury.
The most consistent pairing
Despite this stiff opposition, the twins proved that they were the most consistent pairing on both the men's and women's tours. In fact, they were the only pairing that never fell before the semifinal stage. And they also reached every final except for in two tournaments. With Sainz and Triay breathing down their necks, the Estrella Damm Valencia Master was the turning point in 2018. The twins could have lost their number one ranking in Valencia, but they showed their competitive spirit to win their first Master of the season. This would be the first of three consecutive titles (with Mijas and Andorra being the others). This cemented their place at the top, as they went on a 15 match winning streak which was snapped in Lugo. Their last tournament of the season came at another Master, the Oeiras Valley Portugal Padel Masters. With Mapi struggling from a right shoulder injury, the sisters from Zaragoza gave everything to win an epic final against Gemma and Lucia. The twins ended the year on top of the rankings despite losing in the final of the Master Final against Marrero and Salazar.
Their win percentage was over 80% and they were also the pairing that played most matches in 2018 with 57. A lot of hard work went into 2018 for a pairing that is going down in the history of padel.