Top 7 Padel Duos to Look Out for in WPT 2021
Padel is played by pair, and this year’s couples are the ones to look out for. As the new season starts, new pairs have also started to hit the stage. Some new and others already champion looking to defend their titles. The World Padel Tournament (WPT) professionals are preparing to face another season. Who among these fresh faces do you think will take the padel world by storm?
1. FERNANDO BELASTEGUIN AND SANYO GUTIÉRREZ
This pairing did not come as a shock. Both star players of high caliber, Gutierrez and Belasteguin, join forces and aims to sweep the tournament. Fans wondered who Bela would choose after completing his alliance with Agustín Tapia. Daniel Sanyo Gutiérrez, currently one of the best drive players in padel today. This couple is undoubtedly one to watch because both are seasoned with experience.
2. AGUSTÍN TAPIA AND PABLO LIMA
After his dance last season with Bela, Agustín Tapia chooses Pablo Lima as his partner. The Brazilian has been at the top of all competitions for several seasons now. Currently ranked 5th in world rankings, Tapia aims to move up the leaderboard with his partner Lima. Lima is the 6th best with 53 consecutive victories in his belt. They will indeed put up a fight against the best players in WPT 2021.
3. PAQUITO NAVARRO AND MARTÍN DI NENNO
One of the best professional player shoes has a new partner. He has chosen to pair up with the Argentine Martín Di Nenno. This young player managed to sneak up to the top 20 of the world ranking. Navarro is seeking redemption with this new pairing after his somewhat lackluster performance in last year’s tournaments. We can’t wait for what this duo has in store for us this season.
4. FRANCO STUPACZUK AND ALEX RUIZ
Stupa ranks 9th worldwide and is arguably one of the best players on the World Padel Tour today. The Argentine previously had a lethal duo along with his compatriot Maxi Sánchez. Now he is back with Alex Ruiz from Malaga. This star player has a solid presence within the top 20. Ruiz is characterized by being a fast, explosive, and forceful player to finish a point, precisely what Stupa was looking for.
5. GEMMA TRIAY AND ALEJANDRA SALAZAR
This explosive matching will be the couple to beat this season. It was a huge surprise that Gemma Triay parted ways with Lucía Sáinz after five years together and ending the 2020 season in first place in the ranking and the Master Final tournament in hand. Gemma has accepted Ale Salazar’s invitation to be her new partner. Without a doubt, this is one of the couples that aim to take the first position of the women’s ranking this season.
6. ARIANA SÁNCHEZ AND PAULA JOSEMARÍA
Ariana Sánchez was the former partner of Alejandra Salazar, who has now joined Gemma Triay. Ari has joined her paths with Paula Josemaría, who has separated from Bea González after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Final Master. The duo boasts youth with great power of play and speed. They start the season as the number 3 couple in the ranking, only below Marta Marrero and Marta Ortega. A powerful start for a powerful duo!
7. LUCÍA SÁINZ AND BEA GONZÁLEZ
After sharing the track with Gemma Triay for 5 years, Sáinz has had to look for a new partner for 2021. Bea González has been chosen. The young woman born in Malaga has great qualities of speed and strength, which will create an interesting harmony with Lucia’s experience. This fresh pairing is aiming for the top this season, and there’s no stopping these ladies from smashing their opponents.