THE WORLD CUP OF SURPRISES AND THE MOST EVENLY MATCHED IN HISTORY

The 2022 World Padel Championships has already announced its finalists. After a week of intense competition, Argentina and Spain will face each other on the Central Court turf at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium

Epic Portugal

The seventeen nations have battled for five days in Dubaï to reach the highest position in the ranking. Tomorrow, we will watch to the most contested games. The big moments of the day will obviously be the double-header between Argentina and Spain, but there will be plenty of good matches throughout the day.

The feat of the world championship in the men’s draw was achieved by the Portuguese team, who reached the semifinals in a match that will go straight into padel history. After conceding the first point with the defeat of Araujo/Pascoal against the Brazilian super team Campagnolo/Bergamini, and the first set of the second match, Portugal came back in an epic way.

First, the Deus brothers turned the match around against Jardim and Gomes to tie the game 4/6 6/4 6/1. Finally, Brazil’s star, Pablo Lima, entered the court alongside Lucas Cunha to seal their place in the semifinals, but they came up against a mountain. Miguel Oliveira and Afonso Ramos, boosted by national sentiment and the unconditional support of their teammates, achieved what many saw as impossible. Portugal knocked Brazil out of the world’s top four nations. Emotion dominated the faces of the entire Portuguese team, in a historic end to the match.

Yesterday, Portugal were unable to repeat the feat, falling to the Argentinian giants. Rodrigo Ovide and Gabriel Reca’s players only dropped five games in the two semi-final matches.

Spain will also go into the final full of confidence. The team coached by Juanjo Gutiérrez has overwhelmed all the teams that have been put in front of them. In the quarter-finals, Chile were the victims, and in the semi-finals France, although the French forced the Spanish stars to show their best side.

 

Belgium surprises everyone

On the women’s side, Belgium was the surprise team of the tournament. The “Red Devils” eliminated the French team of Alix Collombon and Léa Godallier in an epic play-off. It all came down to Elyne Boeykens and Dorien Cuypers’ victory over Martin/Detreviere to put the Belgians into the top four in the world.

The Belgians will be able to fight for third place against Italy today at 12 o’clock, in a match that will undoubtedly be epic. The Italians won with authority against the German team, demonstrating that Italy is a pioneering country in the development of padel.

Spain and Argentina had no trouble in eliminating Belgium and Italy respectively in the semi-finals, and will battle for the world title. Last year in Doha, Spain won 2-0, but this year, Argentina has faith that they can win the title.

In this sixteenth edition of the World Padel Championships, all the teams have been reinforced demonstrating that padel is growing worldwide. Never before the level of the teams had been so similar and it benefits the enjoyment of the spectators.

 

Lorenzo Lecci López