Delfi Brea et Bea Gonzalez performed an incredible magic trick in the semi-final of P2 Seville to topple Salazar/Icardo and qualify for the final!

Neck to neck

As expected, the start of the match was very even. The four young women, who know each other perfectly for having already crossed paths in Brussels last week, are playing at a very high level of play. The first round swings in favor of the favorites on a break won in the tenth game thanks in particular to Bea Gonzalez's smash and counter-smash: 6/4.

In the second set, the Champions of Puerto Cabello and Brussels are in the lead, without widening the gap. Ale Salazar and Tamara Icardo finally find the solution with four games everywhere, relying on the flawless regularity of the elder and the sharp shots of the younger. The Spanish equalize at one set all : 6/4 - 4/6.

The empty passage

The first play of the last act will throw the game into a new dimension. Despite their thirteen consecutive victories, Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez tense up and are no longer able to make the difference. They are embarked on long rallies, largely to the advantage of their opponents. They let go entry station wagon and plunge into a black spiral…

The games go by in favor of Ale Salazar and Tamara Icardo who fly onto the scoreboard. The Spanish apply their game plan to the letter and offer no shooting window to their opponents. Without a solution and certainly a little worn out, the Andalusian and the Argentinian find themselves led five games to nothing, triple break behind...

Four match points saved

As is often the case, the shift is not felt immediately. Salazar and Icardo let go of a first break, then failed to convert a first match point, 5/2. The Spanish are refocusing and want to put an end to it. At 40/30, Tamara Icardo has not one, but two smashes to play right in front of the net. Unable to finish the point, the native of Valencia puts her head in her hands, and will never recover.

Brea and Gonzalez save two more match points to return to 5/3, but we feel that the momentum has completely changed. More combative and aggressive, the world number twos quickly got back together, notably signing extraordinary points such as the exit of Delfi at 5/4. Once in front, the two players did not fail to finish the job without trembling, from their first opportunity.

Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez therefore won 6/4 – 4/6 -7/5 in more than three hours of a fierce fight. They have already recorded one of the greatest comebacks in history to claim a 14th victory in a row and will compete in a 3rd consecutive final on the circuit Premier Padel face Ari Sanchez and Paula Josemaria tomorrow.

Martin Schmuda

A competitive tennis player, Martin discovered the padel in 2015 in Alsace and appeared in a few tournaments in Paris. Today a journalist, he deals with current affairs padel while continuing its rise in the world of the little yellow ball!