Women's Cordoba Open quarter-finals: Triay and Salazar survive match point in three-set epic

We break down the highlights of the women's Cordoba Open quarter-finals as number ones Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay overcame a match point in the third set to win it in a tiebreak

Women's Cordoba Open quarter-finals: Triay and Salazar survive match point in three-set epic

The women's Cordoba Open quarter-finals have been completed on Friday morning and afternoon, with one-seed Alejandra Salazar and Gemma Triay surviving a match point in an epic match that lasted close to three hours.

Three of the four games in the women's bracket would go to three sets, with the level of competition very high across the courts as we near the business end of the tournament.

Sánchez/Josemaría (2) vs. Collombon/Castelló (5-7 / 6-2 / 6-1)

The first padel action for the fans in Cordoba to enjoy featured the second-highest ranked pair of Paula Josemaría and Ariana Sánchez. They played one of the revelations of 2021, French ace Alix Collombon and her Spanish counterpart Jessica Castelló. The latter pair had already knocked out sixth-placed Bea González and Marta Ortega on Thursday.

To start things off, the first set was a tale of breaks and counter-breaks. Finally, as things looked to be headed towards a tie break, the underdogs Collombon and Castelló broke serve to win the set 5-7.

The second act was a complete turnaround. As if they were saying playtime was over, Sánchez and Josemaría revved the engine and took off. Their services became reliable and more effective, and their net play more lethal. There was no chance for the 13th ranked pair: 6-2.

Coach Miguel Sciorilli's team Josemaría and Sanchez would become even more ruthless in the deciding set. They saved the best for last as the number two pair did not give their opponents an inch. The third set was won with relative ease, as the first quarter-final finished 5-76-26-1.

Osoro/Iglesias (7) vs. Riera/Llaguno (4) (6-4 / 3-6 / 6-3)

The women's Cordoba Open quarter-finals continued with a game between two Argentian-Spanish partnerships. Aranzazu Osoro and Victoria Iglesias faced the experienced heads of Virginia Riera and Patricia Llaguno.

From the start, it was clear this was going to be a close contest between these four world-class players, none of which willing to let their opponents escape with a break. That break did come, however, just after the halfway point of the set, and Aranzu and Iglesias took a 6-4 lead.

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Riera and Patty Llagguno were not having this, however, the number four pair starting the second set by taking a 3-0 lead. They held this lead, despite the resistance, and forced a decider: 3-6.

After retiring through injury in Menorca, Osoro and Iglesias were out to prove a point. In the third act of this match, they again broke and again held on, like their opponents did the set before. The seventh-seeded pair is through to the semi-finals, winning 6-4 / 3-6 / 6-3.

Marrero/Sainz (3) vs. Sánchez/Sánchez (8) (6-4 / 6-2)

Next on court 2 was a showdown between four tried and tested players, all of whom know what it is like to be number one and to be under pressure. Marta Marrero and Lucía Sainz played María Pilar and María José Sánchez Alayeto.

The game was a strategic chess match, all players probing and experimenting what could undo their opponents. Things were level for the better part of the first set, until Marrero and Sainz found an opening. They pounced, and won the set 6-4 to take the lead over the Atomic Twins.

The Sánchez sisters had to fight to stay alive in the second frame, but were up against a very in-form pair. Majo's injury in her left leg played up again as well, the injury that kept the twins out of the last two tournaments. It finished 6-2, and Marrero and Sainz will face another Sánchez, Ariana, and Paula Josemaría.

Salazar/Triay (1) vs. Delfina Brea/Tamara Icardo (5) (6-4 / 2-6 / 7-6(3))

The Women's Cordoba Open quarter-finals match of the day was undoubtedly the final of the four women's quarter-finals between number one pair Alejandra Salazar-Gemma Triay against Delfina Brea-Tamara Icardo. A match-up we have seen six times before this season, three of the last four times these pairs met went to three sets.

Despite facing two players inside the top 10 rankings, Salazar and Triay took command of the first set. The crowd were often brought to their feet with the padel on show, the number one duo eventually taking the opening frame 6-4.

A fire was lit underneath Brea and Icardo in the second set. As if they did not feel the pressure of being close to losing, they gathered momentum, won crucial gold points and forced a third set: 2-6.

For the third straight time, this match-up ended in three sets. Like the first frame, the third was very levelled. Late on, Brea and Icardo found an opening and got as far as having a match point. Salazar and Triay survived, however, and forced a tie break. In it, they swung momentum back their way and bested the young Brea Icardo for the fourth straight time they have met. 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3).

Triay and Salazar are now 19 games unbeaten, the second-longest streak in padel history. They will play Osoro and Iglesias on Saturday

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