Alicante semi-finalists Las Heras/Virseda crack The Race 2022 top ten

Alicante semi-finalists Las Heras/Virseda crack The Race 2022 top ten

The deck has been reshuffled in The Race 2022 as two-time semi-finalists Barbara Las Heras and Verónica Virseda have made their way into the top ten following their impressive Estrella Damm Alicante Open 2022 performance.

A different ranking than the regular, The Race measures the current season's results only, excluding Challenger events. At the end of the season at the Estrella Damm Master Final, the top 16 players in The Race qualify to play in the most prestigious tournament of all.

Four tournaments into the 2022 campaign, a lot of changes have occurred in the standings - here are the most notable ones!

Also read: Lebrón and Galán take over the lead in The Race 2022

New top ten contenders

While the top six players stay put in the race, Patricia Llaguno and Virginia Riera have gone up two places to become joint-seventh, reaching another quarter-finals while being among the semi-finalists last time out in Vigo.

Meanwhile, Las Heras and Virseda have gone up two slots to become joint-ninth. Both players had never made a semi-final before 2022, but they have done so twice in the last three tournaments now, first in Reus and again in Alicante.

Former number ones Marta Marrero and Lucía Sainz reached their first semi-finals of the season in Alicante after their rocky start to 2022, and they have shot up 10 places to get back among the top 15, and back in the Master Final spaces.

Looking down the list

Looking down the rest of the top 50, Getafe Challenger finalists Carla Mesa and Claudia Jensen have gone up eight places to joint-24th after making the quarter-finals in Alicante, where they fell to number ones Gemma Triay and Alejandra Salazar.

Italians Roberta Vinci and Giulia Sussarello have now made the main draw twice from pre-qualifying, and won the round of 32 too in Alicante. This moves them up 17 spots to joint-29th. For Vinci, it is her first professional season of World Padel Tour following her successful career in tennis, where she ranked as high as seventh in singles and first in doubles.

Tamara Icardo has been playing catch-up since missing the first two tournaments of the season, but the Valencia-born has made back-to-back quarter-finals, now moving her up a further 15 places to 28th.

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