The main draw of the women's Estrella Damm Zaragoza Open began this afternoon at Pádel Plaza, with 24 pairings looking for the same objective; to reach the last sixteen at the third tournament of the season on the World Padel Tour.
Just like at the Alicante Open, Catalina Tenorio and Beatriz González took on Ana Fernández de Ossó and Maite Gabarrus. And, once again, it was a tight three setter. De Ossó and Gabarrús took the first set 6-4, with De Ossó solid at the net and Gabarrús controlling the tempo of the match. Cata and Bea reacted in a second set that they won 6-4. The Spanish/Argentine duo were playing much more confidently and Bea Gonzalez brought out her best version to win the set 6-3.
Delfina Brea and Ana Catarina Nogueira were tremendously convincing in their clash, as they took little time in dispatching Noelia Márquez and Cynthia Pérez Domenech 6-2 / 6-0 to reach the last sixteen ofr the second time.
Andalusians Teresa Navarro and Victoria Iglesias were up against a make shift pairing in Nuria Rovira and Mª Carmen Villalba. Despite these circumstances, Rovira and Villalba pushed Iglesias and Navarro in both sets and only went down 6-4 / 6-4.
A marathon match went to Sara Ruiz Soto and Gabriela Bartomioli against Elena Ramírez and Andrea Medina. After dominating the first set clearly 6-1, Ramirez and Medina reacted in a second set which they claimed 6-3. The third set would also go to Bartomioli and Medina by 6-3, which leaves them in the second round for the first time this season.
Looking for their first last sixteen outing of the year were Meli García Truchado - Laura Clergue and Alicia Blanco Rojo - Beatriz Caldera Sánchez. Meli Garcia and Laura Clergue got off to a strong start. The French player's power and Garcia Truchado's shot selection gave them the first set 6-1. But this was just an illusion, as Garcia and Clergue only grabbed three more games in the rest of the match, which they lost 1-6 / 6-1 / 6-2.
One of the surprises of the first round was pulled off by Araceli Martínez and Esther Carnicero, who knocked out Vanesa Alonso and Isabel Domínguez. It was a tight encounter but they just edged it at 7-5 / 7-6 to reach their first ever last sixteen.
Next up was a clash of Spanish/Argentine pairings between Valeria Pavón - Paula Josemaría and Carolina Navarro - Cecilia Reiter. Reiter and Navarro took the first set by a single break 6-4. In the second, the pairing coached by Vanesa Zamora took further control of the match and Navarro-Reiter sailed through by winning the second set 6-1.
Carla Mesa and Lucía Martínez's second spell together got off to a winning start. They defeated Silvia López Vidal and Alicia Lilian Berl and proved that they still have a great understanding on court. The final score was 6-3 / 6-4.
Argentine duo Aranzazu Osoro - Nelida Brito took little time in booking their place in the second round after overcoming Ana Alicia Seijas and Esther Lasheras. Brito and Osoro took their chances in the first set to win 6-3 and in the second they let loose to win 6-1.
Another pairing that got the job done swiftly was Verónica Vírseda - Sandra Hernández, who gave Marina Pinacho and Ariadna Cañellas no chance. With a 6-0 / 6-2 scoreline, they reach their third last sixteen in three tournaments this season.
Tamar Icardo and Marta Talavan's first match together was a tough test against Lorena Alonso and María Virginia Riera. The Spanish/Argentine pairing dominated the first set clearly. Alonso's power and Riera's precision were causing a lot of damage and sealed the first set at 6-3. Icardo and Talaván paid a hefty price for their unforced errors but forced a tiebreak, which Alonso and Riera claimed to progress.
The last place in the last sixteen would be for either Marta Ortega - Ariana Sánchez or Nuria Rodriguez and local player Angela Caro. Despite having the fans on their side, Rodriguez and Caro couldn't stop Ortega and Sanchez, who won a devastating first set 6-0. However, Caro and Rodriguez changed things slightly in the second set and event took a 4-1 lead. They then served for the set at 5-3 but Marta and Ariana made a last ditch to effort to get themselves back in the set and went on to win the match in a tiebreak.
The second round gets underway this Thursday, with the top four seeds involved.