First and only women's semi-final of the day in Düsseldorf, with an unprecedented confrontation in the semi-final of an Open, pitting Gemma Triay and Marta Ortega against the experienced Patty Llaguno and Lucia Sainz. On the verge of falling into the Llaguno/Sainz trap, in a match that lasted 2 hours 06 minutes, the world number two managed to defeat their opponents: 6-2, 7-6(5).
The only female poster of the day, following the abandonment of Tamara Icardo and Virginia Riera, Marta Ortega and Gemma Triay broke out in a cold sweat against Patty Llaguno and Lucia Sainz, carried away in an extended match.
Triay/Ortega, a serious start
Gemma and Marta started their meeting with great seriousness, facing a pair who had already caused them many problems during the Greenweez Paris Major, in a match which had lasted more than three hours. Drawing on the experience acquired during this first confrontation between the two teams, the Ortega/Triay pair did not want to repeat the same mistakes.
Precise and rigorous, Gemma Triay and Marta Ortega impose their rhythm on their opponents, with solid defense from Martita and great aggression from Gemma. The favorites disrupt, unbalance and always deliver the fatal blow. They quickly obtain the double-break and are on the verge of triple the stake on a point of gold, finally won by Llaguno and Sainz.
The first set will logically be won by the world number two. Score of the first set: 6-2.
Triay/Ortega, in pain
Better start to the second round for Patty Llaguno and Lucia Sainz, who better resisted the attacks of Gemma Triay. The points are much more contested and the experienced Llaguno and Sainz put more intensity in their strikes, destabilizing their opponents a little more.
The debates are balanced between the two teams. Patty Llaguno offers phenomenal defense, forcing Triay and Ortega to raise their level of play. Pushed to their limits, Gemma and Marta make more mistakes and find themselves in difficulty on several occasions.
However, Ortega and Triay had the opportunity to break in this second round. Two break points which resulted in a fourth gold point of the game, won by the Llaguno/Sainz pair.
The second set of this match gave rise to one of the most beautiful points of the day – and undoubtedly one of the longest – followed by a series of shots, each more sumptuous than the other. A series concluded with a magnificent cushioning of the from Gemma Triay, who brings the two pairs to 4-4.
And then, it took yet another point of gold on the serve of Llaguno/Sainz for the world number two to make the break in this second set, with, finally, a first point of gold won. 5-4, Triay/Ortega advantage.
This was without counting on the determination of Llaguno and Sainz, far from being defeated. They obtain their first four break points, which they convert on their first attempt. Everything has to be done again for Marta and Gemma. Not once, but twice, leading the two pairs into a tie-break which promises to be heated.
The players go blow for blow towards the end of this set. If Lucia Sainz and Patty Llaguno fight on every point, they will end up giving in and letting this second round slip away… and the match.
Gemma Triay and Marta Ortega have a meeting tomorrow with the world number 1s, just like last week at the Madrid Masters. But before focusing on the finals of the WPT German Open, let's move on to the last semi-final of the day, opposing kings Coello and Tapia to the immortals Lebron and Galan.
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.