It was the final before the final. Paula Josemaria and Ariana Sanchez were opposed to the pair in form of the moment, Delfi Brea and Bea González. This Classic of the season, between two formations which will have vibrated the world of padel in 2023. , promised to be hot.

Indeed, we found two teams with two different dynamics. On the one hand, the world number 1s, out of control during the last tournaments. On the other, superpibas very fit, who continued 14 consecutive wins.

This match will have had multiple facets, punctuated by uncertainties and tensions. Finally, after a very bitter fight, lasting more than 2h30 of play, Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez secured their place in the final of this WPT Master Final in Barcelona: 7/6(5) 3/6 6/2.

A first set with many breaks

We feel Ariana Sanchez a little below at the start of the first round, a bit like during his quarter-final against Riera/Icardo. The world number 1 makes a lot of mistakes crude. This costs the first break of this game.

Opposite, Bea González and Delfi Brea show a lot of aggression. The blows of superpibas completely disorganize their opponents. The Spanish-Argentinian pair demonstrates a lot of mastery and seems to be off to a good start in this match.

However, Ari and Paula manage to find solutions and resume the late break. If they are broken again, they come back to score again. The match is well and truly underway at the Palau Sant Jordi.

The four players go blow for blow. No more breaks at the end of the set, both pairs head into a tie-break. Like the first round, this decisive game is very tight. But on 2 mistakes by Paula and a lot of excitement in Ariana Sanchez's aerial game, superpibas manage to win the first set: 7/6(5)


Delfi Brea's irritation, key factor in the second round

In this second set, we take the same ones and start again! First game, first break for Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez. Paula and Ari, a little blunted during the first act, give ground more easily. However, where we say to ourselves that nothing can happen to Bea and Delfi, they completely miss their game. The number 1s, who did not ask for so much, can therefore come back to the score.

Like Araujo and Salazar during the quarters, some tensions appear between Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez. Dissatisfied with her partner – on one point only – Delfi completely leaves her match. The atmosphere is very tense between the two friends who hardly look at each other anymore..

The world numbers 1 take advantage of this moment of hesitation to take back the reins of this meeting. If there is better at the end of the second round, Brea and Delfi have come too far to hope for better in this round.

Paula Josemaria and Ariana Sanchez return to a round everywhere in this match: 6/3.


Brea and Gonzalez, the definition of courage

It is absolutely necessary to be able to re-mobilize for Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez if they want to maintain their chance of going to the final. During the break between the two sets, Delfi leaves the field, probably to reduce the pressure a little. This seems to be working since the Spanish-Argentinian pair opens its counter and breaks even from entry.

On the bench, the coach of Ariana Sanchez and Paula Josemaria gives a clear instruction "solve our problems with the net“. A directive that works since the world numbers 1 finally unlock their counter in this decisive round: 3/1.

The problem is thatAri and Paula don't have the keys to breaking. They are unable to disturb the world number 3, who found themselves a little in this match. The Spanish are chasing the score and used to stay in the game at 5/2.

Delfi Brea and Bea Gonzalez, thanks to their strength of character, will look for a match point on Ari Sanchez, still feverish in this game. The Brea/Gonzalez pair manages to commit the ultimate fault to Paula Josemaria.

The superpibas so go play their 11th final this season, all circuits combined. They offer themselves, in passing, a 15è consecutive victory.

The two players confirm their current form and are now waiting for their opponents. Will they find their great rivals? Triay and Ortega ? Or will they be pitted against a very in-form pair too, Osoro and Castello ? Response from 17 p.m., in the third match of the day.

For the queens of 2023, it's the end of the season. We know, we will find Paula Josemaria and Ariana Sanchez, together, in 2024, on the circuit Premier Padel.

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.