The first Master of the season on the WPT is a revolution. As they are tournaments that pay more points (and prizes), the best couples concentrate on not failing, and yet, in In the finals this Sunday (10:00) there will be a debut couple (Bárbara Las Heras and Verónica Vírseda) and another who is doing it for the first time on their third date together: Alex Ruiz and Momo González.
In the women’s final Ari Sánchez and Paula Josemaría will be there after two consecutive stumbles, but they already have one Open of the four they have played at the climax, They left it by the wayside this Saturday against Virginia Riera and Paty Llaguno 6-4 and 6-2. It could be expected because number two seems improved. His rivals, Barbi and Vero, first year together in WPT, had already surprised by reaching two semifinals, and in the third they reach the first final of their sports careers. They played an ugly game, because the sun and the conditions of the court forced defensive shots, control, and in front of them they had a revelation couple from last season, Aranzazu Osoro and Victoria Iglesias, those they defeated in two sets, and in a different way: 7-6 and 7-5: in the first they marked distances, but were caught to play the set to the best of seven points; In the second they came back from 2-5 to 7-5, because they barely made unforced errors and because they were mentally better.
When Stupaczuk broke up with Álex Ruiz three tournaments ago the question was whether he would have been right. Stupa with Lima started very well, while Ruiz with Momo started more discreetly. However, in three tournaments the Andalusian is going to get more points than his former teammate, and has formed a couple from Malaga with González to get into their first final and at home. With a brilliant start it seemed that they were going to take Chingotto-Tello out of the game (6-2), but the reaction of the Argentines was formidable (3-6)… and it ended because in the third there was a reaction when everything was lost and they unexpectedly won 7-6.
The other male finalist couple is Lebron and Galán, the number one, who won in three sets against the second best couple of the year in the WPT, Sanyo and Lebron. A controversial play in the first set ended up disorienting Galán and Lebron, who fell 6-7. But their reaction was tremendous against two outstanding players: 6-3 and 6-4, despite a sun that bothered the four of them.