World Padel Tour's best-ever seasons: The Alayeto twins in 2017

World Padel Tour's best-ever seasons: The Alayeto twins in 2017

We look back at some of the best-ever seasons in World Padel Tour, starting with the Alayeto twins' unbelievable 2017

23-01-2024

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Mapi and Majo Sanchez Alayeto announced their retirement from professional padel at the end of the 2023 season, leaving behind a legacy that is matched by few others. 

They are the only couple to end four different World Padel Tour seasons as the number ones, winning a total of 32 titles together along the way.

Nine of those 32 titles, they won in 2017. We detail Mapi and Majo's season below, which is seen as one of the best if not the best and most complete years of padel ever.

2017 actually did not get off to the best start for Mapi and Majo Sanchez Alayeto. The season's curtain raiser in Santander saw the Spaniards eliminated from the semi-finals at the Santander Open, Marta Ortega and Ariana Sanchez becoming the youngest couple ever to win a title - a record they hold to this day.

That loss was suffered on March 31st. Mapi and Majo would not lose again until October 27th. The 'Atomic Twins' won 30 matches in a row, the longest winning streak in women's World Padel Tour history (breaking their own record set in 2015), winning seven titles in succession as well. 

The second loss came in their home tournament in Zaragoza, Mapi and Majo again lost in the semi-finals in what would prove to be their final loss of the year. 

They finished the year strong, taking the Master Final title and becoming number ones for the third time in four years.

 

The numbers behind the season

Mapi and Majo Sanchez Alayeto won 39 of the 41 matches they played in 2017, a 95% win rate.

They won all nine finals that they played, setting a record in women's padel for having a perfect record in finals as well as for most titles won in a single season.

Nine of the 12 women's tournaments in 2017 were won by Mapi and Majo - 75%, the joint-highest rate ever - and they missed the Granada Open because of injury.

Their 30-match winning streak is also the longest in women's World Padel Tour history to this day - nobody else has come within five.

Arguably the most dominant season in women's padel history, Mapi and Majo Sanchez Alayeto have left behind a legacy that is matched by very, very few.

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