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Ariana Sánchez and Paula Josémaria, one of the fittest couples around and currently number one in the Breed, they are excited about the arrival of the Estrella Damm Barcelona Master, a tournament they face with great enthusiasm and where they hope give their best version.
“I think we’re having a great year, the results are very positive despite the fact that on Sunday we lost the final & rdquor;, says Ari, born in Tarragona 24 years ago.
The Catalan player started the project with Josémaria de Cáceres this season with ambition and the intention to consolidate a couple in the long term: “We are two young girls wanting to improve every day and above all to enjoy what we do. , knowing that we have a lot to improve, ‘he says.
This pair, for which Cupra has bet, is not the only sensation of the current padel, where many young players of very high level are appearing. Paula is clear: “The emergence of young couples is a blessing for everyone. The more competitive pairs there are, the higher the level of women’s padel will rise & rdquor;
On the day they announced they would be a couple in 2021, Ari and Paula promised dynamite on the racetrack: “We have a lot of wick left for this year and I hope to have a lot more. I fully trust this couple and constantly talk to Paula about it on the track. I trust us to the end & rdquor ;.
One for all in Barcelona
Without a doubt, it’s very special for the Catalan to play in Barcelona: “It’s my second home so I really want to do well because a lot of friends and family will come, but I face him without any extra pressure, as if it were. one more tournament.
Paula explains that “this is the third week in a row that we have a tournament and previously we had an exhibition in Belgium, but everything is getting used to and it has been like that. You have to think that a few months ago we were all locked up by the coronavirus without being able to play, so you have to think that although fatigue can affect you, but we are lucky to be able to compete every week and that the injuries respect us . To be able to be in all the tournaments at our highest level, which is the most difficult, is something we have to be thankful for ”.
Paula and Ariana have fun with the ball
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The Cupra couple arrive at the Barcelona World Padel Tour fixture as number one in the Race, but they downplay this aspect: “We always talk about whether you are number one or not, but it’s something that comes at the end of the year.. Whoever wins the most matches will finish number one. We will try, we will try to be there, to do our best in every game and I hope we can win everything & rdquor ;, explains Cáceres’ wife.
They see the bright side
In 2020 Ari Sánchez played alongside Alejandra Salazar while Paula Josemaría played alongside Marta Marrero, two of the best players in paddle tennis history. Ari and Paula were the ‘left behind’ after the moves the circuit went through last summer, but for them it all adds up: “My time with Alejandra I enjoyed it a lot and I enjoyed it, I also learned a lot, It gave me a lot, but it was a step that had to be completed, things are happening for a reason. Then, from the first moment I wanted my partner to be Paula, I called her, she said yes from the first minute so I was very clear about the project. For the moment I do not regret anything because we are doing very well ”, admits Ari.
The Extremaduran player expresses herself in the same way: “Everything is moments. Playing with other colleagues has given us things that now serve us. A mix has been made between the two, so I am delighted to be with Ari now and with everything that happens to us. I hope we will stay together for many years ”.