The Cervezas Victoria Marbella Master drew to a close on Sunday morning in the Elena Benítez pavilion in San Pedro Alcántara with two exciting finals that crowned the first two sets of champions of the 2020 World Padel Tour season.
A high-voltage duel resolved the men's final which had the crowd captivated. At stake was more than just the first title of the year; here were two pairs of players who swapped partners at the end of the year and top spot in the rankings was at stake.
Spaniards Alejandro Galán and Juan Lebrón recovered from a setback in the tie break of the first set to control the match for a good stretch and were close to winning. The sensational performance of the Paquito Navarro, from Seville, however, prevented it. He helped his partner, Pablo Lima, through a difficult period and led them to a 7-6 2-6 6-3 victory.
In the women's final, Marta Marrero sealed her place after seeing off former partner Marta Ortega in the semi-finals. The Canarian defended her title from 2019 alongside Paula Josemaría from Cáceres. Alejandra Salazar and Ariana Sánchez tried everything they could in a tie that lasted more than two and a half hours but they ended up on the losing side (7-6 4-6 6-2).
Home favourite eliminated
Salazar and Sánchez reached Sunday's final after eliminating home favourite Bea González.
The 18-year-old from El Palo (Malaga), alongside partner Marta Ortega, lost 7-5 6-3 but finished the tournament satisfied with her performance: "Analysing the tournament in general, you'd have to say that it was positive overall," she said.
"Our main objective was to be comfortable playing with each other and we achieved that."