30 June, 2022

First World Padel Tour title for Tamara Icardo and Delfi Brea! Both reached their first final as a pairing in this Santander Open and they couldn’t have done it in a better way than beating Patty Llaguno and Virginia Riera.

Source: WPT

It should be noted that Patty and Virginia were the favourites after winning the last Cupra Vigo Open, but it quickly became clear that this fact was not going to matter in the slightest to the debutant pair, imposing an aggressive game with a lot of personality.

The score was only level for two games, although both had a break for each pairing. From the third game onwards, the scales began to tip in favour of the Valencian player and the player from Buenos Aires.

They were very aggressive and wanted to propose the style of play that would make them feel more comfortable on court. From that moment on, Icardo and Brea were imposing themselves in all the games until they managed to put a 6-1 on the scoreboard after 47 minutes.

The film we would see in the second set was quite different. Patty and Virginia reacted and, with an outrageous defensive work, followed their rivals closely.

However, in the fifth game Gaby Reca’s players managed to add another break to gain the advantage they needed to close out the match on serve.

Source: WPT

They had three match points, one in the ninth game and two in the tenth with their serve, which they failed to take advantage of. Llaguno and Riera turned the tables to level the match at 5-5.

However, far from giving up, Tamara and Delfi took another break to put an end to the match with their serve. With 7-5 the Spaniards and Argentinians open their trophy cabinet with their first trophy on the World Padel Tour.

For the first time on the professional circuit a couple that didn’t start as seeded, starting as number 10, have won. A daring feat already held by Tamara Icardo and Delfi Brea.

Both players have won their first title on the World Padel Tour. The Valencian player wins it in her debut in a final, as Virginia Riera did in the previous tournament in Vigo, while the player from Buenos Aires wins it in her second opportunity, after playing a final in her previous stage with Majo Sanchez Alayeto.

Until last week Argentina had not had a player at the top since 2014. Now, in the last 2 tournaments, they have not only one, but 2 players winning the title, Riera at the Vigo Open and Brea at the Santander Open.

Javier Rosado Fernández
Coach and coordinator THE PADEL INTERVIEW


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