This penultimate day of the tournament in Doha was inaugurated by the first women's semi-final: Tamara Icardo et Alejandra Salazar were facing Gemma Triay et Claudia fernandez. The shock of former teammates Triay – Salazar, whose liabilities we know…

In this semi-final, both pairs had one goal in mind: go for their first final on the professional circuit. For Claudia Fernandez, a first final in short, she who barely 18 years ago,.

The match took place in slightly windy conditions and under overcast skies. This did not prevent Gemma Triay and Claudia Fernandez from winning on the track. Score: 7/5 6/4.

A fierce battle in the first set

Tamara Icardo and Alejandra Salazar started the meeting in the same way as their quarter-final against Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez. From the first game, the 5th seed in this tournament lost his serve, conceding an early break in this match. After only 5 minutes of play, the Icardo/Salazar pair was led 2-0.

Gemma Triay and Claudia Fernandez didn't plan to stop there. A break is good. But a double-break… it’s even better! This is how, just three minutes later, they – again – took the service game of their opponents. The Triay/Fernandez duo sent a strong message to his adversaries.

We obviously expected a burst of pride from Tamara and Alejandra. This arrived in the 4th game, on the service of Claudia Fernandez, with a recovered station wagon quite easily. The Spaniards unlocked their counter and were only trailing 3-2 when they returned to the bench.

Ultimately, the debates ended up being balanced. Tamara and Alejandra returned to 3-3 and everything had to be done again for the Triay/Fernandez pair. But in the money time, Gemma and Claudia broke, once again… which cost Icardo and Salazar the round: 7/5.

Claudia Fernandez on her way to her first final

The fight was fierce on the track. The points lasted, sometimes exceeding two minutes. Claudia on one side and Alejandra on the other were real walls. Neither Gemma nor Tamara could make a real difference.

But in this standoff, the 3rd seed, full of confidence after winning the first round, took the other team's serve first, from the first game that lasted. The pair 100% Bullpadel was ahead in the score, once again.

Claudia Fernandez had a small alert on her service game and the physiotherapist was called to the field. The game was interrupted while Tamara and Alejandra had two break points to return to the score... Claudia received treatment and returned to the court with tears in her eyes. Despite this, she ended up win his commitment.

Behind, despite long exchanges, the conclusion was always on Triay/Fernandez's side. Gemma and Claudia were in symbiosis on the track, totally imperturbable. Despite the small scare of the youngest player on the track, the 3rd seed won the second set and offered herself a first final, from his first tournament!

This time, Claudia had tears in her eyes, but for other reasons. She is, for the first time in her young career, in the final of a major tournament.

Obviously, the two players could not hide their joy. This means, in the event of victory, Claudia Fernandez could become the youngest titled player on the professional circuit. At the same time, it would dethrone a certain Bea Gonzalez.

From now on, the winners of this first semi-final await their opponents: Josemaria / Sanchez ou Ortega/Virseda. But before that, let's enjoy the first men's semi-final... to follow live on Canal Plus Sport 360!

Gwenaelle Souyri

It was his brother who one day told him to accompany him on a track. padel, since then, Gwenaëlle has never left the court. Except when it comes to going to watch the broadcast of Padel Magazine, World Padel Tour… or Premier Padel…or the French Championships. In short, she is a fan of this sport.